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Harper Government Supports Community Infrastructure in the Calgary Area

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/21/14 -- Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for seven projects benefitting the Calgary area under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. The Fund supports projects that improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Quick Facts

--  Seven projects in the Calgary area have received a combined total of
    close to $550,000 through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
--  Investments toward these projects will rehabilitate and improve existing
    community infrastructure, while providing broad-based economic benefits
    to local communities. 

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support communities across this country. I am pleased to see Calgary benefitting from our Government's support for local infrastructure. Through these investments, we are also helping to create jobs, economic growth, and more prosperous and vibrant communities."

--  Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification 

"The Board of In-Definite Arts is pleased to have received support from the Federal Government through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. Developmentally disabled artists of the In-Definite Arts Society and Calgary, as a whole, have benefited from this investment and these improvements will be visible for many years to come."

--  John Lee, Chair of the Board of Directors, In-Definite Arts Society 

"The Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) has helped the Bowness Community Association continue to improve upon the Community Centre and Arena, creating a hub of community life and supporting continued work in building a strong, safe and healthy neighbourhood."

--  Michelle Dice, Executive Director, Bowness Community Association 

"Thanks to the generous support from Government of Canada, members of the Korean community, as well as the general public will continue to enjoy numerous recreational, fitness and multicultural activities offered at the Calgary Korean Community Centre. This newly upgraded facility is an important part of what makes Calgary a vibrant, healthy and diverse community."

--  Soo-Keun Kim, President, Calgary Korean Association 

"Our community facilities were in high need of upgrading and we were very pleased to receive partial funding of our renovation through the Federal Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF)."

--  Wil Watson, Director at Large - Grants, Calgary Wildwood Community
    Association 

"The HVAC Upgrade project at Shouldice Aquatic Centre is a great example of governments working collaboratively to invest in Calgary's communities. This project, made possible through CIIF funding, will improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide a better experience for Calgarians with improved air quality and temperature. The City of Calgary Recreation continues to reinvest in communities through upgrades, lifecycle maintenance and development contributing to safe, sustainable and vibrant neighbourhoods for all Calgarians."

--  Thomas Hansen, Manager, City of Calgary Recreation. 

"We are very grateful for this CIIF investment and the support we continue to receive from all levels of government. This funding and the important infrastructure upgrade it supports, plays a critical part in helping us to continue providing recreational opportunities for our community."

--  Stuart Parnell, Vice-President Finance, Lake Bonavista Community League 

"The CIIF investment has provided the Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association an opportunity to enhance the accessibility of the facility by building a wheelchair accessible washroom, among other projects. This will not only be a benefit to our current users but will also qualify us as an emergency facility, the importance of which has been made clear by this summer's floods."

--  Maureen Smith, President, Strathcona Christie Aspen Community
    Association 

Related Products

--  Backgrounder: http://www.wd.gc.ca/eng/15080.asp 

Additional Links

--  In-Definite Arts: http://www.indefinitearts.com/index.php 
--  Bowness Community Association: http://www.mybowness.com/ 
--  Calgary Korean Association: http://calgarykorea.com/page/help/intro.php 
--  Calgary Wildwood Community Association: http://mywildwood.ca/ 
--  City of Calgary: http://www.calgary.ca/ 
--  Lake Bonavista Community Association: http://lbca.info/ 
--  Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association: http://scacalgary.ca/ 

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Backgrounder

Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government is committed to creating jobs and supporting communities through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.

Seven CIIF projects have been funded in the Calgary area, with funding allocated as follows:

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                                                         Federal            
Funding Recipient   Project Description                  Contribution (CIIF)
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                    The recipient will improve                              
                    accessibility of the facility's                         
The In-Definite     lower level to ensure persons with   $170,262           
Arts                limited mobility have access to all                     
                    programs and services.                                  
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                    The recipient renovated the main                        
Bowness Community   floor space at the Bowness Community                    
Association         Centre to improve user               $44,003            
                    accessibility.                                          
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    The recipient improved the Calgary                      
Calgary Korean      Korean Association Community Centre                     
Association         by repairing the Centre's roof and   $9,452             
                    upgrading its HVAC system.                              
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    The recipient upgraded the Wildwood                     
Calgary Wildwood    Community Association building to                       
Community           provide residents with a comfortable $93,300            
Association         space to enjoy social events.                           
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    The recipient replaced Shouldice                        
                    Aquatic Centre's roof top HVAC units                    
The City of Calgary to improve the Centre's indoor air   $107,237           
                    quality and temperature.                                
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    The recipient replaced Lake                             
Lake Bonavista      Bonavista Recreation Centre's HVAC                      
Community           and hot water system to improve      $83,659            
Association         energy efficiency and reduce                            
                    operating costs.                                        
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    The recipient performed interior and                    
Strathcona Christie exterior renovations to the                             
Aspen               Strathcona Christie Aspen Community                     
Community           Centre to ensure continued delivery  $41,975            
Association         of recreational programs and                            
                    services to user groups.                                
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Total:                                                   $549,888           
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More information on the delivery of the Fund in each region is available by contacting the relevant regional development agency. In Western Canada, please visit www.wd-deo.gc.ca for further details.

Contacts:
Emily Goucher
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Western Economic Diversification
613-954-8097
[email protected]

WD Toll-Free Number: 1-888-338-WEST (9378)
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
Website: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca.

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