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Speeches

Allan and District Swimming Pool Grand Opening

August 17, 2012
Allan, Saskatchewan

Notes for an address by

The Honourable Lynne Yelich
Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

Funding Announcement

Corresponding Documents: News Release

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Thank you, Christine (Christine Dyck, Town Administrator).

Good afternoon, everyone.

Bonjour, tout le monde.

It is a great pleasure to be here today in Allan on behalf of the Government of Canada

To begin, I would like to acknowledge the other special guests this afternoon:

  • Donna Harpauer (MLA for Humboldt),
  • Larry Sommerfeld (Mayor of Allan), and
  • Larry Long, (PotashCorp Allan Mine Manager).

Nearly three years ago, I was here to announce funding for the reconstruction of this important community facility and I’m so pleased to return for today’s grand opening.

I have no doubt that our Government’s significant investment was money well spent - I’m absolutely delighted by the transformation.

It’s always rewarding to see firsthand the tangible results achieved from our Government’s support.

Our investments in recreational facilities have created jobs and economic growth locally, while improving community facilities and services and enhancing the quality of life across Canada.

Community infrastructure ? like this great facility ? contributes to building prosperous communities, and provides a place for families and neighbours to gather together.

That is why our Government was proud to invest, through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program, to revitalize the Allan and District Swimming Pool.

We were pleased to partner with you to create this new and improved recreational facility that will serve residents of Allan and the surrounding area.

With help from our Government, the Town of Allan was able to:

  • rehabilitate and line the pool basin; 
  • construct a new decking structure; and 
  • complete phase one of the pool change house.

This project wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and support of tireless community volunteers who never gave up on their goal to see a functioning pool in Allan.

As you can see, this facility has come a long way from what it once was. These upgrades will prolong the useful life of the swimming pool, increase operating efficiency and help ensure a safe and accessible change house.

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada invested $500 million to improve recreational infrastructure in communities across the country. 

This includes 718 RInC projects delivered by WD across Western Canada, including several right here in Central Saskatchewan.

For example, thanks to help from RInC funding:

  • Viscount was able to turn the old curling rink into a popular Archery Centre, 
  • Lanigan replaced its arena’s ice plant, 
  • Watrous upgraded spectator seating in their arena, and
  • Kenaston upgraded the swimming pool’s chlorination system, roof and doors, as well as improving the arena’s wheelchair accessibility and installing new puck boards.

Our Government’s investments in improved recreational facilities have helped to stimulate the economy, enhance local facilities and services, and contribute to the health and quality of life for hundreds of communities across Canada.
 
Moving forward, our Government’s top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity.

As part of Economic Action Plan 2012, we have launched the new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, with national funding of $150 million over two years, to support repairs and improvements to existing community facilities.

Community and recreational facilities – such as community centres, libraries, parks, museums, and sports fields – are the beating hearts of Canadian communities from coast to coast to coast … providing places where families, friends and neighbours can meet and unwind.

And our Government is committed to helping communities keep these facilities up-to-date and functional.

I would like to commend the community of Allan for all of their hard work on this project and congratulate them on a job well done.

Together, we are building a stronger West for a stronger Canada.

Thank you. Merci