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Harper Government creates jobs for British Columbians through Economic Action Plan investments

June 08, 2009
British Columbia

Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, announced funding for British Columbia’s first projects under the Harper Government’s Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) and Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program.

Our Government is taking action on the economy by creating and maintaining jobs for workers, families, and communities,” said Minister of State Yelich. “Today’s investments will help British Columbia emerge from this challenging time prosperous, and stronger than ever.

Communities in the province have been hit hard by the current economic situation,” said Minister Day. “That’s why our Government is investing in projects like these ones, which will help people in British Columbia withstand this global economic downturn.

Economic Action Plan funding of more than $6.7 million was awarded today to communities throughout British Columbia.  Community Adjustment Funding of $5,509,593 and $1,215,715 Recreational Infrastructure Canada program funds will be invested towards six projects.  CAF projects include job creation through invasive plant control, grassland restoration and energy management technology. RInC projects support the expansion of a recreation facility, ski trails and aquatic centre upgrades. These projects provide timely economic stimulus for British Columbia communities and will help strengthen local economies over the long term.

The Community Adjustment Fund is a two-year, $1-billion investment in local economies throughout Canada to create jobs and maintain employment in our communities.

The Recreational Infrastructure Canada program will invest $500 million in recreational facilities across Canada over a two-year period. It will provide a temporary economic stimulus that will help reduce the impacts of the global recession while renewing, upgrading and expanding recreational infrastructure in Canadian communities.

For more information on the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) in the West, please visit: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/11269.asp.

For more information on the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program in the West, please visit: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/11264.asp.

For information on Canada’s Economic Action Plan, please visit http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/.

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Minister’s Office
Western Economic Diversification Canada
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Backgrounder

Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) Projects

The Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) is a $1-billion, national investment in local economies throughout Canada to create jobs and maintain employment in our communities. A total of $306 million will be invested in western Canadian communities.

Project Federal Contribution Total Project Costs
British Columbia
Multiple BC communities – Plant control $3,415,000 $6,830,000
Cranbrook / Invermere – Grassland restoration $876,705 $1,367,280
Hartley Bay – Ecotrust Energy management software $1,217,888 $2,735,776
TOTAL $5,509,593 $10,933,056

Multiple BC communities

Plant Control - $6,830,000

The project will create 200 jobs and help restore local eco-systems. Invasive Plant action crews will undertake invasive plant control and containment activities on high priority species and sites. The project will also help educate key audiences on how to decrease future spread. Second year funding is dependent on a review of project outcomes over the initial twelve months.

Cranbrook / Invermere

Grassland Restoration - $1,367,280

The Rocky Mountain Trench Natural Resources Society will hire 24 workers to restore grassland around Cranbrook and Invermere, promoting the production of natural grasses and other vegetation for the habitat benefit of local wildlife and domestic cattle.

Hartley Bay

Ecotrust Energy Management Software - $2,735,776

The project will create 6 new jobs for two years; positions will include energy managers and hardware and software installation crews. The energy management software will save energy, reduce costs and increase reliability. The intelligent micro grid will enable a real-time demand response system that can shed non-essential loads at peak times therefore decreasing reliance on diesel powered generators and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Projects

The Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program provides $500 million nationally over two-years to upgrade or repair existing recreational facilities, which includes new construction infrastructure that is either adding to or replacing existing facilities. Eligible projects must be completed by March 31, 2011.

Project Federal Contribution Total Project Costs
British Columbia
Rossland – Biathlon Upgrades $181,382 $379,882
New Westminster – Recreation Centre Upgrades $917,333 $2,752,000
Terrace – Aquatic Centre Upgrades $117,000 $351,000
TOTAL $1,215,715 $3,482,882

Rossland

Biathlon Facility Upgrades - $379,882

The project will enhance and upgrade the Hannah Creek Biathlon project. Improvements will include the creation of a new rifle range, and will see the current number of ski trails increased. A new training lodge, remote shelter, and equipment shed will also be constructed. This will allow for earliest possible access for athletes training for the upcoming 2010 Olympic Games, and will also draw recreational tourists to the area in the coming season.

New Westminster

Recreation Centre Upgrades - $2,752,000

The project will support the City of New Westminster in upgrading and expanding the city’s Century House Centre for Active Living, a recreation facility that provides a wide variety of programs and services that are currently being used primarily by older adults.The project will see new washrooms and site amenities added to the adjacent sports field, and overall services and utilities upgraded to accommodate new, expanded uses. A 4,000 sq. ft. addition will provide the opportunity to introduce new multi-generational activities at the Centre.

Terrace

Aquatic Centre Upgrades - $351,000

The project will support the City of Terrace in providing a number of upgrades to the city’s aquatic centre. Project work will include replacement of the boiler heating the children’s pool, installation of an air handling / dehumidification system with direct digital control, as well as the replacement of the east wall of the aquatic centre.


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