Gateway Gazette

Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Southwestern Alberta’s Community Infrastructure

 

John Barlow PhotoJuly 29, 2015 – High River, Alberta – Today, John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $171,765 for six projects benefitting southwestern Alberta 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.

Quick Facts

  • Southwestern Alberta has significant geographic diversity, from prairie grasslands and foothills to the majestic Canadian Rockies, and a rich cultural heritage. The region is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.

  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to support well-being and prosperity in communities across Canada.

Quotes

Our investment in community infrastructure is part of our Government’s plan to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will help preserve valuable community and cultural spaces, such as parks, trails, and cultural and community centres, that unite and connect us all across the West.”

  • John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod

Alberta Projects being launched today:

Funding Recipient

Description

Canada 150 Funding Amount

Bragg Creek Community Association

Upgrade the Bragg Creek Community Centre

$21,810

Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society

Upgrade the Millarville Community Hall and riding arena

$50,000

Nanton Agricultural Society

Install a rodeo ground lights tower in Nanton

$9,268

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #21

Replace the war memorial mural and repair automatic doors at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Vulcan

$10,100

Royal Canadian Legion Branch #291

Renovate the meeting room in the Royal Canadian Legion Branch in Okotoks

$2,290

Town of Black Diamond

Extend the Sheep River Valley multi-use recreational trail in Black Diamond

$78,297

Source: Western Economic Diversification Canada

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