CanNor Lends a Helping Hand to Inuvik Legion Renovations

News Release

Canada 150 funding will improve the Royal Canadian Legion, McInnes Branch, to better serve veterans, members, and the community

August 24, 2016 – Inuvik, NT – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor announced an investment to assist with the renovations of the Royal Canadian Legion in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The $397,875 in funding is provided through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and will help ensure the multi-use facility is available for community use for years to come.

The renovations will expand the building to create additional seating and meeting rooms. This increased space will allow for more services to veterans, branch members and the community. The McInnes Legion is a vital resource in the community as it hosts and organizes Remembrance Day events and helps the community carry out Canada Day festivities. The Legion also supports youth in the community by hosting fundraising activities and organizing training opportunities.

Quotes

"Royal Canadian Legions can be found in almost every community – big or small – providing Canadians a place to commemorate the service of veterans and build a sense of community. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is committed to supporting important community meeting places, such as the McInnes Legion, as they encourage Canadians to participate in local, regional and national celebrations."

Navdeep Bains,
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

"The Legion plays a key role in supporting youth development and bringing this community together for Canada Day and Remembrance Day events. The Government of Canada's contribution to the renovation of the Legion in Inuvik goes a long way to preserving a lasting legacy in the Northwest Territories."

Michael McLeod,
Member of Parliament, Northwest Territories

"The contribution provided by CanNor through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will guarantee and enhance the ability of McInnes Branch #220 of the Royal Canadian Legion, to continue to support the community of Inuvik. These much needed renovations have been on the back-burner for many years. Now, thanks to the assistance of CIP 150 it can become a reality and we can continue to serve the community for years to come."

Don Craik,
President, Royal Canadian Legion, McInnes Legion Branch #220

Quick facts

  • The McInnes Legion is contributing $107,625 to renovate their facility.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) program supports projects to renovate, expand and improve spaces such as community centres, parks and arenas across Canada as part of the Government of Canada's celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. As outlined in Budget 2016, an additional $150 million will be provided over two years for CIP 150, bringing the total funding available to $300 million across the country. CIP 150 projects in Canada's North are funded by CanNor.

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Contacts

Office of the Honourable Navdeep Bains
343-291-2500

Rebecca McDonald
Communications Advisor, Northwest Territories Region
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
867-669-2592

Linsey Demontigny
Manager
Royal Canadian Legion, McInnes Legion Branch #220
867-777-2300

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