Nanton, Alberta – (Friday), John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $83,185 to enable the University of Lethbridge to renovate the Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage under the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government of Canada announced further support for communities with the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Thanks to a commitment of $150 million, communities from coast to coast to coast will see support for improvements to local infrastructure, creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will help fund renovations, expansions and rehabilitations to existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public. The Program represents one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity across Canada.
- The late Dr. Jim Coutts, an Alberta-based art collector, political advisor and philanthropist, donated his family homestead and a significant portion of his art collection to the University of Lethbridge to establish the Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage in 2011. The facility, which is located east of Nanton, celebrates the diverse heritage found in Western Canada.
- The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity in communities across Canada.
“As part of our Government’s efforts to celebrate and honour the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we have invested in improved community infrastructure. The rehabilitation to this important legacy left by Dr. Coutts will ensure that students, future generations and visitors to our community will be able to learn about, and experience, our rich and proud heritage.”
~ John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod
“The University of Lethbridge is very pleased to receive support for further development of our Coutts Centre for Western Canadian Heritage and wish to thank the Government of Canada for this contribution. The Coutts Centre is a very special place in southern Alberta that offers unique opportunities for a variety of community events and training facilities, with an exceptionally beautiful landscape and public gardens. This support will enable the University to expand the Centre’s offerings and make it more accessible.”
~ Nancy Walker, Vice-President (Finance & Administration), University of Lethbridge