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As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has invested over $438 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 over 650,000 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, projects in Saskatchewan will receive almost $16 million.
The following are two examples of RInC projects that are making a difference in Saskatchewan communities:
A new permanent building at the Meewasin Skating Rink houses washrooms for skaters.
The Meewasin Skating Rink, located on the bank of Saskatoon’s South Saskatchewan River, is a popular attraction for residents and visitors to Saskatchewan’s largest city. Voted Canada’s Best Outdoor Skating Spot by Reader’s Digest in 2006, the rink is enjoyed by more than 10,000 skaters every year. Now, a federal investment of over $395,000 has helped make the local landmark even more appealing. Improvements include a new heated skaters’ lodge, an enhanced ice surface, a permanent building to house washrooms, and a pathway connecting the skating rink area with the Meewasin Trail that runs along the river. The rink re-opened in late December 2010 and enjoyed a record number of skaters in the post-holiday season.
Minister of State Lynne Yelich participates in a ceremonial puck drop to celebrate the improvements to the Loreburn Rink.
A Junior Novice hockey game held in January 2011 marked the completion of improvements to the local skating rink in the small community of Loreburn in south central Saskatchewan. With more than $33,000 in funding from the RInC program, the Village of Loreburn demolished the unused curling rink next to the arena, making room for the addition of two new dressing rooms. In addition to creating employment during construction, the improvements will benefit area residents by making it possible for the village to host larger events at the arena throughout the year.