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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, Manitoba will receive more than $17 million.
The following are three examples of RInC projects that are making a difference in Manitoba communities:
A repaired roof and an upgraded parapet wall has extended the lifespan of the Gateway Recreation Centre.
With two year-round indoor skating rinks and an indoor soccer pitch, Gateway Recreation Centre has been an important piece of Winnipeg’s recreational infrastructure for many years. Now, more than $349,000 from RInC has helped to ensure this importance in the future. The Centre used the funding to replace its leaking 15-year-old roof and upgrade the parapet wall, extending the facility’s lifespan. The proponent reports that this project created work for roof inspectors, roofing labourers, general labourers, sheet metal workers, mechanical piping/gas fitters, steel erectors and engineers.
As one of three cities to have hosted both the winter and the summer Canada Games, Brandon has created a substantial legacy of recreational infrastructure for future generations. That legacy has now been increased with the construction of a senior’s baseball field at Canada Games Park, a project made possible by a contribution of more than $58,000 from RInC. The new baseball field is located adjacent to an existing baseball diamond, which enables Brandon to host larger tournaments and league games. The project has further expanded the family recreational area along the Assiniboine Riverbank corridor that also includes rugby fields, a soccer pitch, and public walking and riding trails.
Upgrades to the Garson Arena will provide residents of Brokenhead and the surrounding region with a year-round recreational facility.
With an investment of more than $63,000 from RInC, the rural municipality of Brokenhead in south-eastern Manitoba now has a year-round recreation facility. The funding was used to upgrade the Garson Arena by installing a closed loop geothermal heating system that includes three water furnaces for heat recovery. The project also included the installation of in-floor heating in the stands. Implementing these improvements will provide residents of Brokenhead and other communities in the region with enhanced recreational opportunities throughout the year. The geothermal heating system at Garson Arena will also protect the environment by eliminating an estimated 18,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 20 years.