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As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan (EAP), Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has invested over $439 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 more than 560,000 jobs across Canada.
Through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) initiative, WD has provided over $290 million in funds to help communities reduce the short-term impacts of the economic downturn. Of these funds, WD has committed almost $100 million to projects in Alberta.
The following are two examples of CAF projects that are making a difference in Alberta communities:
The new ambulance garage at the Bow Island Fire Department will provide much-needed storage space for emergency vehicles.
With nearly $164,000 in funding from CAF, the Bow Island & District Volunteer Fire Department has completed the construction of a training facility and ambulance garage adjacent to its existing fire hall. The project used local contractors and labourers in the construction and, along with providing storage for emergency vehicles, the new facility has enhanced the volunteer fire department’s ability to provide numerous training opportunities throughout the year. The additional space is also used for smokehouse training, regional training sessions for firefighters and emergency medical personnel, and open houses and first aid training courses for the community.
Winterized cabins will help Camp Warwa offer more year-round programs to children and youth organizations from across Alberta.
Three newly-completed winterized cabins have helped Camp Warwa, a children’s camp and outdoor education centre, increase occupancy during the winter season and expand its services for visitors. This project, which received almost $100,000 in funding from CAF, has increased the staffing required to operate year-round. Local businesses that provide goods and services to the camp will also benefit from the increased use of the camp during winter. Located 80 km west of Edmonton on the shore of Lac Ste. Anne, Camp Warwa serves children and youth organizations from across Alberta, including the Uncles and Aunts at Large Society, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Scouts and Girl Guides.