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Funding Announcement for the Skeena Bulkley Valley Region Bundle Under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF)

November 15, 2012
Smithers, British Columbia

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. Good morning everyone. Bonjour.

It is my pleasure to be here today – I’ve had the chance to visit Northwestern British Columbia several times, but never Smithers – and let me tell you, I’ve been blown away by the natural beauty here, and by the hospitality with which I’ve been received. Places like this are the foundation of our communities – bringing families and residents together.

I am delighted to see that our Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, or CIIF, is being met with enthusiasm all across our great country. Investments through CIIF are upgrading existing community infrastructure, while generating a host of additional benefits in the process. This Fund is a key part of our Government’s plan to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.

Community facilities provide places for families, friends and neighbours to gather together, and by helping to improve them we are ensuring united and prosperous Canadian communities for years to come. Here in the Skeena-Bulkley-Valley Region, I’ve seen firsthand that recreational facilities are an important part of community life. Places where communities gather and facilities where residents and visitors can take advantage of the great skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and biking trails.

There is, however, room for improvements to many of these amenities, and so I am pleased to announce more than $240,000 towards five facilities in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley Region for upgrades under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

Today’s first investment is great news for the Smithers community. The Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society is receiving $68,000 to upgrade the Hankin-Evelyn backcountry ski area. Specifically, funding will help install new trail signage and safety equipment, remove hazardous trees from the trails and improve road access. Once complete, the Hankin-Evelyn backcountry ski area will be a truly unique adventure destination.

Today’s second investment is $5,000 for the Kermode [KER-mo-dee] Friendship Society to upgrade its Friendship Centre in Terrace. The Kermode Friendship Centre is very important to the people of Terrace, offering culturally relevant programs and services to the Aboriginal community and the community at large. With this funding, the Kermode Friendship Society will replace all the building’s windows in the Friendship Centre to ensure the continued safe operation of the facility.

Our third investment is $50,000 to help the Village of Granisle [gran-isle] expand their community trail. The Village will install a new boardwalk, and refurbish and extend the current winter trails into a multi-seasonal trail, making it safe for residents of all ages and abilities.

Today’s fourth investment of more than $45,000 will support the Moricetown Band in upgrading their community Sports Fields. Project activities will include replacing the baseball dugouts and stands, sections of the fence, and renovating the announcing booth.

And lastly, though certainly not least, the Burns Lake Band is receiving more than $72,000 to upgrade the community’s high school into a multi-purpose facility. Project activities include replacing the heating system with new boilers and hot water radiators and building a community kitchen.

These projects will support the creation of jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity for the Skeena-Bulkley Valley Region. And they will also improve the quality of life for local residents and visitors.

I look forward to seeing the results of these investments and the benefits that will surely come with them. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity. Together, we are building a stronger West for a stronger Canada.

Thank you. Merci.