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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Vancouver’s Community Infrastructure

March 08, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia

Today, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the Bloedel Conservatory under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

Our Government is pleased to support infrastructure projects across the country like the roof replacement project at the Bloedel Conservatory,” said Minister Yelich. “These investments are helping to support job creation, boosting economic activity, as well as creating safe and accessible community infrastructure facilities for years to come.

With the Harper Government’s investment of $225,000, the City of Vancouver will complete the first phase of re-roofing the Bloedel Conservatory by replacing the existing roof panels and refurbishing the central ventilation fan at the top of the dome.

The Bloedel Conservatory is a unique and important part of Vancouver’s renowned parks and recreation network, and is enjoyed by both residents and tourists,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This new investment for upgrades at the Bloedel Conservatory is another example of the City’s strong partnership with the Government of Canada to improve local infrastructure and create jobs in Vancouver’s growing economy.

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:

Jerra Kosick
Office of the Minister
Western Economic Diversification
Telephone: 613-954-8097
Email: jerra.kosick@wd-deo.gc.ca

Jason Watson
Communications Coordinator
City of Vancouver, Corporate Communications
Telephone: 604-257-8438
Cell: 604-362-5032
Email: jason.watson@vancouver.ca

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