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March 22, 2013
Federal Government Invests in Improvements to Winnipeg's Community Infrastructure

Released: 11:38 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the River Heights Library under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

âœFor over 50 years, the River Heights Library has been an important part of community life,â said MP Bateman. âœBy making these investments in local infrastructure, we are helping boost economic activity while creating strong, united, and prosperous communities for years to come.â

The Harper Government's investment of $23,385, matched equally by the City of Winnipeg investment of $23,385, went towards modernizing the circulation counter at the library. Renovations included the reconstruction of the circulation area, lighting upgrades, painting and the installation of new flooring.

âœIt's important to make sure our libraries provide welcoming and inviting environments for our staff and patrons,â said Councillor Scott Fielding, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services. âœBy partnering with the federal government, we've been able to modernize this library so that it can meet the day-to-day needs of the community. Libraries are an integral component of our neighbourhoods, which is why this renovation, along with our overall Library Strategy to replace or upgrade libraries, demonstrates our commitment to see these facilities thrive for today and for future generations.â

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 supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating, small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

Mayor Encourages Winnipeggers to Observe Earth Hour

Released: 12:12 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Mayor Sam Katz is encouraging all Winnipeggers to join millions of people around the world as they symbolically switch off their lights for one hour to raise awareness for environmental issues.

“I am asking all Winnipeggers to set a reminder now, and join in by powering down their non-essential lights and electronics on Saturday night,” said Mayor Katz. “It’s a great time for families to talk about the small changes that we can make to save energy and protect the environment.”

Earth Hour will be observed between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 23, 2013. During that time, only security and safety lighting will remain on at City Hall.

In its seventh year, Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia and has grown to a global movement observed by hundreds of millions of people in over 150 countries and territories. For more information, please visit http://www.earthhour.org/.

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Federal Government Invests in Improvements to Winnipeg's Community Infrastructure

Released: 1:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan - St. Paul on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the Garden City Community Centre under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

âœOur Government is committed to creating jobs and helping communities across Canada grow and prosper,â said MP Smith. âœI am proud of our investment in the Garden City Community Centre, which will enhance the facility and ensure it continues to thrive and serve residents well into the future.â

The Harper Government's investment of $250,375, in addition to a City of Winnipeg investment of $191,650, will allow the Garden City Community Centre to do major renovations to its facility. The project will involve replacing windows, rink boards, player boxes, infield dugouts, and bleachers; resurfacing the outdoor rink; improving drainage at the baseball diamonds; installing a new electronic facility sign; and renovating the entrance and washrooms. The improvements will complement a new arena, which is expected to be built this summer, while contributing to the neighbourhood's long-term prosperity.

"Community centres are the hub of any neighbourhood, and we are happy to see that the federal government is stepping up to help us to revitalize Garden City Community Centre," said Mayor Sam Katz. "This generous contribution is much appreciated at a time when we as a municipal government are coming forward to renew and replace our community centre infrastructure."

âœOn behalf of the Garden City Community Centre, thank you to the Government of Canada and the City of Winnipeg for your generous contributions towards improvements to our facility,â said Roger Tuk, Board Member and Principal-in-Charge of the project. âœThe investments will help ensure that our Centre will remain a gathering place for young and old alike while encouraging our children to live a safe and healthy lifestyle.â

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 supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating, small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

Federal Government Invests in Improvements to Winnipeg's Community Infrastructure

Released: 2:36 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood - St. James - Assiniboia, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, along with Councillor Scott Fielding, on behalf of Mayor Sam Katz, announced support for St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

âœOur Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities across Canada,â said Minister Fletcher. âœBy making these investments in St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians.â

The Harper Government's investment of $108,903, matched equally by the City of Winnipeg investment of $108,903, will enhance the services provided by the St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool. Under the project, new sports flooring will be installed in the facility's multi-purpose room, allowing for expanded use of the space.

âœNew sports flooring will make this gym much more attractive and welcoming for people who use this facility as their work-out space,â said Mayor Sam Katz. âœThe City of Winnipeg is pleased the Government of Canada shares our commitment to upgrading recreation facilities and multi-use spaces, such as the fitness area at the St. James Assiniboia Centennial Pool.â

Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on our investments and announces a new Building Canada plan - the largest investment in job-creating infrastructure in Canadian history.

  • The new Building Canada plan has three main components:
    • Community Improvement Fund - $32.2 billion consisting of an indexed Gas Tax Fund and the increased GST Rebate for Municipalities to build roads, public transit, recreational facilities and other community infrastructure across Canada that will improve the quality of life of Canadian families.
    • New Building Canada Fund - $14 billion in support of major economic infrastructure projects that have a national and regional significance.
    • Renewed P3 Canada Fund - $1.25 billion to continue finding innovative ways to build infrastructure projects faster and provide better value for Canadian taxpayers through public-private partnerships.

In addition, over the next 10 years, our Government will invest $6 billion in existing infrastructure funding and $17 billion to build, operate and maintain federal public infrastructure. Overall, the new Building Canada plan includes $70 billion in federal infrastructure funding over 10 years, the largest federal investment in job-creating infrastructure in Canadian history.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating, small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

Last update: 07.08.2015

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