Western Canadians Benefit from Improved Community Spaces
(11 days ago)
OTTAWA: Investing in community and cultural infrastructure is essential to maintaining dynamic and inclusive communities. Community and cultural facilities are places where families can play, neighbours can meet and Canadians can celebrate the many cultures that make up our country. They are at the heart of towns and neighbourhoods across Canada.
The Government of Canada is proud of the results of its $91.3 million investment in Western Canada's community infrastructure. The projects that the Government supported during the Canada 150 anniversary year have enhanced community and cultural infrastructure, created a better future for Indigenous Peoples and promoted a clean growth economy across the West.
Federal funding supported improvements to parks, playgrounds, fitness trails, community centres and cultural facilities. The upgrades made to these community spaces also boosted local economic activity and improved access to public spaces, making communities stronger and more inclusive.
The projects received funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150), a Government of Canada program that invested in community infrastructure projects across the country. In Western Canada, CIP 150 was delivered by Western Economic Diversification Canada. The program concluded on March 31, 2018.
"Our investments in community-building projects achieved tremendous results. We marked Canada's 150th anniversary by improving the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. In a country where people come from every corner of the world, these communal spaces allow us to establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship. As such, they truly embody the values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program was a $300-million national program established to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary through investments in the community spaces that bring Canadians together, with a portion of the funding delivered by a regional development agency in each region of the country.
The program was designed to leave a lasting legacy by supporting the rehabilitation or improvement of existing community infrastructure assets and facilities across the country that promote community and cultural benefits for the public.
The project and approved investment breakdown per province is as follows:
British Columbia - 222 projects totalling $35,030,507;
Alberta - 224 projects totalling $30,113,848;
Saskatchewan - 175 projects totalling $12,406,540; and
Manitoba - 150 projects totalling $13,785,435.