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As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan (EAP), Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has invested over $430 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 is providing almost $150 million in funds for the construction or improvement of recreational facilities in local communities across the West. Of these funds, Alberta will receive more than $54 million.
The following are two examples of RInC projects that are making a difference in Alberta communities:
New bleacher seating installed at the Athabasca Regional Multiplex Facility, for seating of up to 750 people
The increased seating also makes it possible for the Athabasca Regional Multiplex, which is jointly owned by the Town of Athabasca and the County of Athabasca, to host larger tournaments and other events. The field house addition complements the other facilities housed at the Multiplex, which include an arena, curling rink, fitness centre, daycare, retail store and meeting spaces.
The complete 6,000 square foot DeBolt Community Centre that connects the existing curling rink, library and community hall together.
Residents of the Hamlet of DeBolt in north-western Alberta’s Peace Country now have access to a new community centre, thanks to $433,000 in funding from RInC.The DeBolt and District Agricultural Society created the community centre by modifying and expanding their existing curling rink. With amenities that include a fitness centre, indoor playground, kitchen, meeting rooms and offices, the new facility has increased the recreational and social opportunities available to the people of DeBolt and its surrounding communities. The community centre will also help to strengthen the local economy by attracting more visitors to the region.