Funding announced for Innisfail Aquatic Centre

  • Feb. 20, 2013 4:12 p.m.

The Government of Canada has announced it will help fund renovations at the Innisfail Aquatic Centre.

Last week, Earl Dreeshen, member of parliament for Red Deer, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the Innisfail Aquatic Centre under the Canadian government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

“Our government is pleased to support projects that leave a lasting legacy of improved infrastructure, such as the Innisfail Aquatic Centre,” said Dreeshen. “Our government’s investment in local infrastructure will benefit Canadian families and communities immediately, helping to support job creation and boosting economic activity.”

The investment of $227,135 will support the replacement of the water filter and treatment systems, pumps and light fixtures at the Innisfail Aquatic Centre. These energy efficient upgrades will generate savings and extend the life-span of the facility.

“As a community we were very pleased to learn that we would be receiving this much needed support from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund,” said Jim Romane, mayor of the Town of Innisfail. “We are certainly grateful to the federal government for providing us with this funding opportunity. The improvements to the Innisfail Aquatic Centre will ensure that the facility will continue to provide a valuable recreation service to our community for many years to come.”

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the federal government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. The 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 federal 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.

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