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As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan (EAP), Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has invested over $400 million towards more than 1,000 projects across the West. These projects are contributing to Canada’s economic recovery and creating jobs. Since July 2009, the EAP has helped to create close to 400,000 jobs across Canada.
Through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) initiative, WD has provided almost $150 million in funds for the construction or improvement of recreational facilities in local communities across the West. Of these funds, British Columbia received over $60 million, Manitoba received over $17 million, Alberta received over $54 million and Saskatchewan received over $15 million.
The following are just four examples from the 718 RInC projects that are improving local recreation in Western communities:
British Columbia: Esquimalt and Nanaimo Rail Trail
The Capital Regional District (CRD) used $1 million in RInC funding to construct a recreational and commuter trail from Victoria to Langford. The southern tip of Vancouver Island is world renowned for its trail systems, provincial parks and other recreational features. The CRD upgraded and developed a 17 kilometer trail along the existing Esquimalt and Nanaimo railway corridor starting in downtown Victoria, passing through the municipalities of Esquimalt and View Royal, and ending in the City of Langford. Specific project activities included widening the existing railway bed and converting the railway bed to a paved trail with fencing and crossing signals for pedestrians. This trail provides a green transportation alternative for commuters and increased recreational opportunities for residents. This project has had a positive impact on tourism in the CRD.
Manitoba: Winnipeg Soccer Complex
Having received $300,000 through the RInC program, the Winnipeg Soccer Federation Inc. replaced the existing natural grass fields at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex with two internationally approved modern synthetic grass fields, increasing the number of games that can be played on the fields on the same day. The complex, which recently satisfied FIFA quality standards, has become a more attractive venue to host national and international events as a result of the field upgrade.
Alberta: Airdrie & District Gymnastics Club
Over $34,000 in RInC funding enabled the Airdrie & District Gymnastics Club to relocate to a new rental space in Airdrie's East Lake Recreation and Wellness Centre. The retrofit of the new space included a dance studio, gymnastics area, offices, showers, storage area and entrance. The club provides local schools with a facility to complete the gymnastics component of their physical activity education requirements and offers a number of recreational and competitive programs to people of all ages. This project allowed the club to host a provincial and national gymnastics competition event within the first six months of opening.
Saskatchewan: Skating and Curling Rinks
With RInC funding of $234,000, the Village of Frontier upgraded the aging skating and curling rinks by replacing the original dirt floors with a new concrete base. The new foundation has transformed the single-use skating rink into a multi-purpose arena that can be used year-round for in-line skating, rollerblading, soccer, walking and running. The new concrete floor has significantly improved the environmental operation of the facility by increasing the energy efficiency of the ice-making plant and reducing water usage by 75 percent. Upgrades to the skating rink also included replacement of the arena boards and safety glass, bleachers, condenser, brine chiller pump, windows, installation of a low-e ceiling, painting and construction of a new Zamboni storage room.