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Speeches

Funding Announcement for St. Norbert Foundation Inc. Under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

January 21, 2013
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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, Rod. Good morning.

It is my pleasure to be here today and join with my colleague Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South for the wonderful announcement he just told you about. Rob is a tireless advocate for his constituency and a hard-working member of our caucus – I am thrilled to be here with him today.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge today's other participants:

  • His Worship Sam Katz;
  • Bob Roehle; and
  • Janice Lukes

As Rod mentioned, our Government has been playing an important role in driving economic development since well before 2009, when the world's economy took a turn for the worse. I am proud to say that today, Canada boasts the strongest rate of employment growth among G-7 countries. This comes as a result of our Government's leadership and the timely support of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

We are pleased to continue to have the opportunity to work closely with organizations like the St. Norbert Foundation so that together we can make our communities strong. Our Government is committed to strategic community and economic development programs with long-lasting, positive impacts. Our top priority is to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians and infrastructure improvements are critical elements of our plan.

The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, or CIIF, is part of Economic Action Plan 2012. This wonderful project with the St. Norbert Community Park and Farmers' Market is one of the exciting CIIF projects. In total, $150 million in CIIF funding over two years is being provided to support repairs and improvements to existing community facilities.

Over the past several weeks I have had the pleasure of visiting communities across Western Canada, and I am delighted to tell you that the Fund is being met with enthusiasm across our great country. But CIIF builds on our Government's legacy of investing in communities where it counts.

Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, we successfully completed the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, and the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component top-up. The seven-year, $33-billion Building Canada plan, introduced in Budget 2007, was Canada's first-ever long-term infrastructure plan. The Building Canada plan will continue to deliver results for communities until 2014 and beyond.

Infrastructure Canada, on behalf of the Government of Canada, is consulting with its partners and stakeholders on a long-term plan for public infrastructure that will extend beyond the expiry of the Building Canada plan in 2014. The new plan will build on past accomplishments and provide new opportunities for all orders of government to work together to improve public infrastructure in Canada.

It is important that all levels of government continue to work together with our communities to come up with innovative solutions that allow us to preserve and further build our infrastructure. Engaging all our partners is, in our view, the key to Canada's continued success.

We look forward to celebrating the progress made in the thousands of projects soon to be underway across the country — projects that are strengthening our communities and making our country an even better place to live, work and play. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, my Department is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

In closing, I wish to acknowledge all those community leaders who helped make this project happen. Together, we are building a stronger West for a stronger Canada.

Thank you. Merci.