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As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan (EAP), 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.
The following are two examples of RInC projects that are making a difference in western Canadian communities:
Minister Lynne Yelich and Janet Austin, CEO of the YWCA Vancouver, try out the amenities available at the YWCA Vancouver’s Health & Fitness Centre.
A major renovation of their co-ed Health and Fitness Centre in downtown Vancouver is now allowing the YWCA to serve an additional 400 people each day. The not-for-profit organization received $463,830 in funding from RInC to complete a wide range of improvements, including a 1,300 square foot expansion of the locker room, upgrade of the sound-proofing materials, and replacement and expansion of the existing rubber floor. In addition, the HVAC system was modernized to reduce the electrical energy used to cool the building in the summer and heat it in the winter. Energy-efficient lighting was also installed in the pool area.
New RInC funding has helped ensure Camp He Ho Ha can continue providing recreational programs to people of all ages and abilities.
For more than 50 years, Camp Health, Hope and Happiness has served as a place where children and adults with special needs can enjoy activities ranging from swimming and wall climbing to camping and nature walks. Located on Lake Isle, the Camp welcomes over 800 participants into its various programs each year. Thanks to an investment of $195,079 through RInC, the Camp now has an enhanced capacity to provide year-round recreational services, while also fostering sound environmental management practices through the use of a new energy efficient wastewater system. As demand for the specialized services of Camp He Ho Ha continues to increase, the upgrades to the Camp’s water infrastructure is helping to ensure that people of all ages and abilities can continue to fully enjoy and experience all that the Camp has to offer for years to come.