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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Duncan's Community Infrastructure

DUNCAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $89,850 in federal funding for improvements to the Cowichan Sportsplex''s fitness circuit, under the Harper Government''s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"Our Government, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, is continuing to support communities all across Canada," said Minister Yelich. "This project will create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in Duncan and the surrounding area."

With the funding being provided today, the Chesterfield Sports Society, the society that manages and maintains the Sportsplex, will be able to make improvements to the Sportsplex''s fitness circuit. Planned improvements include the installation of a rubber pathway, fitness stations, benches, picnic tables and more. These improvements will provide even more options for visitors who want to take advantage of an active and healthy lifestyle.

"These matching federal funds effectively double our community fundraising efforts bringing more fitness possibilities to folks who prefer to exercise in a natural setting or who may not be able to afford going to a gym, "said Don McClintock, President of the Chesterfield Sports Society. "This is a very exciting opportunity for our community and for the Sportsplex." 

CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.

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.

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Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years. The Fund is being delivered by the regional development agencies across Canada. In Western Canada, Western Economic Diversification is delivering over $46 million towards eligible projects.

The construction of new infrastructure and repairs to facilities that are primarily for commercial or for-profit activities are ineligible. Facilities must be accessible for use by the public and not limited to a private membership. All projects are required to be completed by March 31, 2014.

Organizations eligible to apply for funding under CIIF include:

  • local or regional governments or related agencies;

  • provincial entities that provide municipal-type services to communities;

  • non-profit organizations; and

  • First Nation governments, including Band or Tribal Councils or their legally-designated representatives.

Examples of the type of community infrastructure that can be supported under CIIF include:

  • community centres;

  • cultural centres;

  • parks;

  • libraries;

  • recreational facilities (e.g. local arenas, swimming pools, sports fields, and other types of recreational facilities);

  • tourism facilities having a local impact; and

  • other existing community infrastructure assets which have a local community impact such as connectivity and broadband and local airports.

Please refer to the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund website for more information.