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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Edmonton’s Community Infrastructure

April 26, 2013
Edmonton, Alberta

Today, the Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the Jasper Park Community Centre under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

Our Government is pleased to support infrastructure projects across the country like the Jasper Park Community Centre,” said MP Hawn. “The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund will benefit Canadian families and communities immediately, helping to support job creation, boosting economic activity, as well as creating safe and accessible community infrastructure facilities for years to come.”

The Harper Government’s investment of $94,500 will support upgrades to the Jasper Park Community Centre, including the installation of a new elevator and renovations to the washrooms. These improvements will ensure that the facility is safely accessible for all members of the community.

"We appreciate how the Federal Government is supporting infrastructure needs with the installation of a handicapped lift in our Community Facility. Access to all areas of community facilities is very important for everyone. This kind of support ensures we can continuously improve our facilities," said Don Kuchelyma, President of Jasper Park Community League in Edmonton.

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:

Donna Kinley
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 780-495-6892
Email: Donna.Kinley@wd.gc.ca

Don Kuchelyma
Jasper Park Community League
Telephone: 780-484-8749
Email: wd_kuch@hotmail.com

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