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Funding Announcement for improvements to the Cowichan Sportsplex’s fitness circuit under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF)

November 14, 2012
Duncan, 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 afternoon. Bonjour.

It is my pleasure to be here today in Duncan. This is my second stop today on Vancouver Island and I have to say that I am truly enjoying the warm and welcoming spirit of everybody I have met so far.

I made my first trip to Duncan in 2010 when I announced Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program funding for the Somenos Sportsfields complex. Today as we gather at the Cowichan Sportsplex I am reminded of your great community spirit.

Facilities like this are the building blocks of our communities. They bring families and residents together while providing a firm foundation for continued growth. And through helping to improve them we are ensuring prosperous Canadian communities for years to come.

I am delighted to see that our Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, or CIIF, is being met with enthusiasm here in B.C., throughout Western Canada, and all across our great country. Investments through CIIF are upgrading existing community infrastructure, while generating a host of additional benefits in the process.

Earlier today I was in Saanich, announcing funding for the G. R. Pearkes Recreation Centre to install a new, energy efficient lighting system and motion sensors.

This Fund is a key part of our Government’s plan to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. When I launched CIIF, in my hometown of Kenaston, Saskatchewan back in July, the response we received was tremendous. And I am so happy that I get to travel to communities all across the West, and see the great projects that are underway with the help of our Government.

Here in Duncan, the Cowichan Sportsplex is an important part of community life, where local residents and sports teams can participate in an active and healthy lifestyle. There is, however, room for improvements, and so I am pleased to announce that over $89,000 will be provided to the Chesterfield Sports Society under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. This investment will serve to enhance the experience and services provided by the facility and will support the creation of jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity for the community.

With the funding being announced today, the Chesterfield Sports Society will be able to improve the Sportsplex’s Legacy Fitness circuit. The goal of this project is to install numerous components, including a rubber pathway, fitness stations, shade trees, benches, picnic tables and more. This circuit will increase the capacity of the Sportsplex by providing yet another way for local residents to incorporate fitness into their daily routines.

I look forward to seeing the result of this investment and the benefits that will surely come with it. 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.