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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Winnipeg’s Community Infrastructure

February 01, 2013
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Today, Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the River Heights Community Centre under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities across Canada,” said MP Bateman. “This Centre has been an integral part of the community for over 60 years. By making this investment in local infrastructure, we are helping boost economic activity and promoting health and wellness in our community.

The Harper Government’s investment of $44,500 will go towards the replacement of the evaporator condenser at the River Heights Community Centre, which will allow the Centre to maintain ice standards for various ice sports and ensure its long-term viability. Improvements to the Centre’s infrastructure will increase the energy efficiency of the facility enhance and expand the services it provides to the community.

The arena at our River Heights site is a key part of our community,” said Pat O’Connor, President of the Corydon Community Centre Board. “This funding goes a long way in helping us upgrade a condenser unit that was installed in 1975.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating, small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

For more information, contact:

Gabriela Klimes
Communications, Winnipeg
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 204-983-6243

Jim Carson
General Manager
Central Corydon Community Centre Inc.
Telephone: 204-488-7000

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