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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Vancouver's Community Infrastructure

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/21/14 -- Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and for Western Economic Diversification, and Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for upgrades to the British Columbia Centre for Ability under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

This investment of $87,500, used to upgrade the Centre's HVAC system, has enhanced the services provided by the British Columbia Centre for Ability Association. The new, more efficient system will help reduce the operating costs of the facility thereby increasing service delivery capacity.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund.

The Fund supported projects that looked to improve already existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Quick Facts

--  The BC Centre for Ability Association was established in 1988 and has
    raised over $1.7 million in the last five years.
--  The Association serves over 2,000 children, youth and adults with
    special needs and disabilities throughout BC.
--  They offer 16 different program streams including therapy, services for
    children, adult recreation programs, counselling, vocational training
    and community living support.


"Our Government has invested in communities across the West by updating and upgrading local facilities, much like we see here in Vancouver with the British Columbia Centre for Ability. In doing so, we are helping to create jobs and economic growth, while working with our partners to improve the quality of life for all Canadians."

- Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and for Western Economic Diversification

"The BC Centre for Ability Association is delighted to receive funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada to replace the outdated and ineffective HVAC system. This improvement has made a significant difference in our environment, enabling us to provide therapeutic programming to children, youth and adults with disabilities in our building with proper air quality and temperature control."

- Angie Kwok, Executive Director, BC Centre for Ability Association

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Emily Goucher
Office of the Minister
Western Economic Diversification
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Jaime Burke
Manager of Communications
Western Economic Diversification Canada
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Audrey Kwan
Manager of Communications
BC Centre for Ability
[email protected]

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