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Penhold receives $6 million for new multiplex facility

December 20, 2007
Penhold, Alberta

The federal and provincial governments will jointly invest $6 million towards the construction of a multiplex recreation facility in the Town of Penhold.

Bob Mills, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, and the Honourable Luke Ouellette, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and MLA for Innisfail–Sylvan Lake, announced the funding through the Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CAMRIF).

The construction of the Penhold multiplex is an investment in the quality of life for Penhold residents and the surrounding communities,” said MP Bob Mills. “This long-term infrastructure investment will provide residents with increased access to fitness and recreational facilities that encourage healthy living.

This investment is directed towards Phase I construction of the multiplex facility, which will include a regulation size rink, seating, dressing rooms, a walking track and multi-function room.  The facility will offer increased recreational opportunities and improved access to programs and services for seniors and residents with disabilities.  Once completed, 25,000 users per year are expected to use the Penhold Regional Multiplex facility. 

This new multi-use facility will have a very positive impact on the economic vitality of the community and the quality of life of Penhold’s residents,” said Ouellette.  “It also reflects Premier Ed Stelmach’s plan to secure Alberta’s future by building communities, greening our growth and creating opportunity.

Under the initial CAMRIF Agreement signed in June 2006, the federal and provincial governments each committed $88 million to the fund, with participating local governments expected to make up the remaining costs. This year, the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta have each provided an additional $19 million to the Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund as part of their commitment to help smaller communities meet their pressing infrastructure needs.  The total amount available from the CAMRIF, with federal and provincial investment and matching local government contribution in projects, is $321 million.

A minimum of 55 per cent of funding under CAMRIF targets green infrastructure projects that contribute to community economic development and environmental quality of life. These include water, wastewater, solid waste, environmental energy improvements and public transit. The fund also invests in recreational infrastructure, tourism, cultural projects, local roads and broadband connectivity.  Projects are selected on a competitive basis from applications received from Alberta communities. 

For further information, contact:

Donna Kinley
Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Edmonton, Alberta
Tel: (780) 495-6892
Cell: (780) 991-7432

Jerry Bellikka
Director of Communications
Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation
Edmonton, Alberta
Tel: (780) 415-184

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Backgrounder

Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CAMRIF)

The following project is receiving funding under the Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CAMRIF).

Town of Penhold

Penhold Regional Multi-Plex
Combined federal / provincial investment:$6,000,000 (pending environmental assessment)

CAMRIF funding will be directed towards Phase I of the project, which includes the construction of a regulation size ice rink, seating, dressing rooms, a walking track and multi-function room.  The project will result in increased recreational opportunities and improved access to recreational programs and services.  Once completed, 25,000 users per annum are expected to use the Penhold Regional Multiplex facility.  The multiplex will also include improved access to programming and venues for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Fact Sheet

Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CAMRIF)

Partnership Program

  • The Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CAMRIF) is designed to address local infrastructure needs in rural and urban Alberta. It ensures all Albertans, whether they live in large, small or remote communities, share in the benefits of infrastructure investments.
  • Through the fund, the Governments of Canada and Alberta invest in local infrastructure projects. These projects are vital to sustaining strong economic growth and quality of life in Canadian communities.
  • Under the initial CAMRIF Agreement signed in June 2006, the federal and provincial governments each committed $88 million to the fund, with participating local governments expected to make up the remaining costs.
  • This year, the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta have each provided an additional $19 million to the Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund as part of their commitment to help smaller communities meet their pressing infrastructure needs. 
  • The total amount available from the CAMRIF, with federal and provincial investment and matching local government contribution in projects, is $321 million.
  • CAMRIF is implemented by Western Economic Diversification Canada and Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation, and is administered by a joint secretariat.

Program Priorities

  • A minimum of 55 per cent of funding under CAMRIF targets green infrastructure projects that contribute to community economic development and environmental quality of life. These include water, wastewater, solid waste, environmental energy improvements and public transit.  The fund also invests in recreational infrastructure, tourism and cultural projects, local roads and broadband connectivity.
  • At least 80 per cent of CAMRIF funding is dedicated to rural municipalities with a population of less than 250,000. The remaining 20 per cent is available to urban municipalities with a population greater than 250,000.
  • A total of $724,584 is also available to municipalities for Municipal Capacity Building (MCB) projects.  Projects may include, but is not limited to, the acquisition of infrastructure planning software, training to use that software, planning studies to determine the inventory and condition of infrastructure assets in the municipality or the development of a demand asset management system.

Local input and collaboration

  • CAMRIF is managed by a six member Management Committee consisting of two federal representatives, two provincial representatives, and two members representing Alberta’s municipal associations—the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties. The Management Committee develops the Management Committee guidelines and oversees the project review and selection process. Projects are selected on a competitive basis from applications received from Alberta communities. The deadline to submit applications for the second intake was May 31, 2007.

Environmental Assessment

  • CAMRIF projects are required to successfully complete applicable environmental assessment processes, and funding is conditional on compliance with all applicable federal and provincial requirements.

For more information

  • Contact the Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund Joint Secretariat by phone (toll free) at 1-800-396-0214, by e-mail at camrif@gov.ab.ca or visit the website http://www.camrif.ca/.
  • Information about Government of Canada and Alberta’s infrastructure programs is available at http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/ and http://www.infratrans.gov.ab.ca/.

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