“Local Municipalities Win More Key Federal and Provincial Grants”
This week I was very privileged to announce major new federal and provincial investments across BC that saw the list of local projects to be funded through Canada’s Economic Action Plan and the Building Canada Fund grow significantly larger.
And with that grew the confidence of Prince George-Peace River municipalities that they’ll have the quality infrastructure and facilities they need to support thriving communities well into the future.
I was in Prince George to announce the latest Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RinC) grant to be awarded in our riding. This RinC grant will support the City of Prince George’s upgrades to the Kin 1 Arena, the CN Centre and the Prince George Coliseum.
Many of our country’s hockey rinks, swimming pools, and sports fields are aging. The Prince George Coliseum for example was built in 1958. These facilities are the stages where so much of our local history unfolds and where families, friends and neighbours can gather together to get fit and have fun. They’re an integral part of life in our communities and it’s fitting that we re-invest in them today.
And so, over a two-year period, the RinC program will invest $500 million towards improving recreational infrastructure in communities across the country and, at the same time, will create local jobs at a time when they’re needed most.
Additional RinC projects in Prince George-Peace River will be announced shortly.
On Thursday I was joined by Premier Gordon Campbell to announce 174 new infrastructure projects valued at over $719-million to help communities across BC meet pressing infrastructure needs, help stimulate the economy, create jobs and support economic growth in the future.
Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, 90 local government and provincial projects, totalling $343-million were announced. This is in addition to $116.6-million in projects announced in April. Projects under this program must be completed by March 31, 2011 as part of our Conservative Government’s strategy to respond quickly to the global economic downturn.
Under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund, 84 projects were announced totally $376-million. This funding is specifically designed to assist communities with populations of less than 100,000 to build new or upgrade existing infrastructure.
For Prince George-Peace River, this federal and provincial investment means that 15 important projects totalling nearly $100-million will now be able proceed! Communities in our riding will now have important new projects become a reality. From water and sewer upgrades to improvements to recreation facilities to important highway projects, area residents will soon see even more local jobs created as the new construction gets underway.
I am personally very proud of our local municipalities for the quality of their applications to these programs and their determination to make sure Prince George-Peace River received our share!
Along with local MLAs, Shirley Bond, Blair Lekstrom, Pat Bell and Pat Pimm, and local mayors, I will be announcing the details on these projects in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
It’s all part of the largest infrastructure investment in Canadian history. Through strong leadership and cooperation we will ensure Canada emerges from this global economic downturn stronger than ever!