For immediate release: From the Government of Canada
February 20, 2013
Harper Government Invests in Improvements to West Kelowna’s Community Infrastructure
Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD), announced support for the replacement of the floor at the Jim Lind Arena under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
“Our government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities across Canada,” said MP Albas. “By making these investments in local infrastructure, we are helping boost economic activity and maintaining a high quality of life for Canadians.”
The Harper Government’s investment of $250,126 will enhance the services provided by the Jim Lind Arena and will create jobs. With the funding being provided, the District of West Kelowna will replace the floor of the Jim Lind Arena (at a total cost of $1.11 million). Project activities will include removing the existing floor, installing new underfloor heating insulation and a cooling concrete floor and replacing the boards around the ice floor.
“This is excellent news for us and West Kelowna Council is extremely grateful that the federal government saw the merit in this project,” says West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater. “This much-needed renovation project will mean that our popular Jim Lind Arena will continue to serve future generations, just as it has served us for the past 40 years.”
As part of the Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper 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 Harper 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. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.
MP Dan Albas, Coun. Rick de Jong, Mayor Doug Findlater, Couns. David Knowles and Duane Ophus and MP Ron Cannan were on hand for the Feb. 20, 2013 funding announcement at Jim Lind Arena.