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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Saskatoon’s Community Infrastructure

May 17, 2013
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Today, Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Wanuskewin, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for upgrades to the Saskatoon Francophone Federation 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 Vellacott. “By making these investments in local infrastructure, we are helping leave a lasting legacy of modernized community facilities for future generations while boosting economic activity and maintaining a high quality of life for Canadians.

The Harper Government’s investment of $81,287 is enhancing the services provided by Le Relais, the Saskatoon Francophone Federation’s community centre. Improvements to the facility included the renovation of public spaces and washrooms to meet health codes, as well as upgrades made to meeting rooms and the kitchen area to accommodate more functions with a greater number of guests. The federal investment includes $32,150 from CIIF and $49,137 from the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

Renovation to our Community hall was crucial to better serve the Francophone and Francophile public in Saskatoon,” said Hélène Grimard, President, Saskatoon Francophone Federation. “The larger and modern hall allows us to host a larger crowd with accessibility to all. It is now possible to organize art shows, meetings, conferences, performances, or social gatherings in a nice and practical environment. Good infrastructure is essential to increase visibility of the French community, and this is a major factor in maintaining a strong cultural bond.

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 CIIF. This 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:

Joanne Mysak
Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 306-975-5942
Email: joanne.mysak@wd.gc.ca

Éric Lefol
Saskatoon Francophone Federation
Telephone: 306-653-7441

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