Saskatchewan recreation and community spaces receive federal funding for residents and visitors to gather and enjoy
Government of Canada providing $12.8 million to support recreation and community revitalization
July 6, 2022 – Regina, Saskatchewan – PrairiesCan
Canadians are once again gathering, connecting with friends, family, and neighbours in their communities and their downtowns. To help encourage people to gather safely and boost local economies, the Government of Canada is investing in revitalizing community infrastructure across Saskatchewan. Modern infrastructure and amenities create vibrant communities where people want to visit, live, and support the local economy.
Today, at the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan, announced federal support of $12,839,265 for 56 Saskatchewan recreation and community revitalization initiatives. This funding will support new and improved recreational amenities like playgrounds, museums, community centres and unique outdoor experiences that will provide visitors and residents with opportunities to connect and explore Saskatchewan. Over $2.9 million will go to the RCMP Heritage Centre to develop new programs and visitor experiences, and support the Centre’s pursuit of national museum status.
Funding for the remaining 55 projects is provided through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, administered by PrairiesCan, and will help Saskatchewan communities enhance their recreational amenities and infrastructure.
“Local community and recreation spaces are where people gather, make connections, learn local history, or take in a quiet walk in the park. Our government is continuing to make investments that transform community infrastructure into modern gathering places for people of all ages and abilities through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund. We’re proud to work with the RCMP Heritage Centre to revitalize and enhance features of the Centre that will attract more visitors. Here in Regina, and across Saskatchewan, these locally-led projects are bringing people together and revitalizing infrastructure for residents and visitors to experience and enjoy for years to come.”
–The Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan
“The RCMP Heritage Centre is extremely grateful for the investment from Prairies Economic Development Canada. It is critical support to help us build the case to become a national museum, which is a dream that holds incredible opportunity for connection, reflection, education, authenticity, pride and celebration of unique visitor experiences.”
–Tara Robinson, CEO, RCMP Heritage Centre
Most of the projects announced today are funded through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF). The CCRF is helping communities across Canada build and improve community infrastructure so they can rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With a national allocation of $500 million over two years, projects supported through the CCRF are focused on revitalizing downtown cores and main streets; reinventing outdoor spaces; creating green infrastructure; and increasing the accessibility of community spaces.
Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) is administering the CCRF in Saskatchewan.
The RCMP Heritage Centre project is funded by PrairiesCan as part of a commitment under Budget 2021 to support the RCMP Heritage Centre’s efforts to become a national museum.
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