Government of Canada Announces Support for Community Infrastructure in British Columbia

News Release

The second intake of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program launches in the West

May 24, 2016 – Maple Ridge, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge, announced the second intake of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Western Canada. Announced in Budget 2016, this top-up to the national Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will create a lasting legacy in communities and be a celebration of the collective community spirit across the country. The program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, which helps to develop our communities, celebrate our heritage, and improve the quality of life of all Canadians.

As of today, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is accepting funding applications to support projects seeking to renovate, expand, and improve existing community infrastructure. Priority will be given to projects that upgrade recreational facilities, advance a clean growth economy, and have a positive impact on Indigenous communities and peoples.

Quotes

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am so pleased to announce that the second intake of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in British Columbia will open on May 24, 2016. The program will leave a lasting legacy for communities across Canada, and demonstrate our commitment to local infrastructure priorities that build a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for all Canadians."

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

"Modern, reliable infrastructure is the key to safe, productive communities, and the Government of Canada is pleased to invest in projects that seek to renovate, expand and improve existing community infrastructure."

- Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows – Maple Ridge

"Maple Ridge received funding to support conversion of a gravel sports fields to turf to allow for year round access as part of the first round of this program. This investment in our youth is a lasting legacy to Canada's 150 celebration. Maple Ridge, like many communities in our region, is growing quickly and these funding programs allow us to accelerate community development to meet the needs of citizens and shared goals with the Government of Canada around promoting healthy and active lifestyles."

- Mayor Nicole Read, City of Maple Ridge

Quick Facts

  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will invest an additional $150 million across Canada in community infrastructure, with $46.2 million allocated across Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba).
  • Applications for projects in Western Canada are being carried out through a call-for-proposals process, and will be accepted between May 24 and June 22, 2016, closing at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time/2:00 p.m. Mountain Time/3:00 p.m. Central Time. 
  • In Western Canada, examples of community infrastructure project applications supported may include, but are not limited to, community and cultural centres, local arenas and swimming pools, campgrounds, libraries, and parks.

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Contacts

Philip Proulx
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
343-291-2500

Ben Stanford
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
604-666-3395
ben.stanford@canada.ca

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