Economic Action Plan Supports Improvements to Recreational Facilities in Four Nunavut Communities
IQALUIT, NUNAVUT – Sept. 3, 2009 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), announced today that people in Taloyoak, Chesterfield Inlet, Igloolik and Sanikiluaq will benefit from $1.1 million in total funding for local projects, under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program.”Investments in recreational facilities in the North are an investment in the health and well-being of Canadians, especially the children. These facilities are at the heart of community life, not only serving as places to play but also as communal gathering spaces,” said Minister Strahl, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians. “Our government and the Government of Nunavut are working together to meet the needs of Nunavut communities, stimulating the economy and creating jobs at the local level.”
Canada and Nunavut worked together closely to identify the four projects for funding under the RInC program, part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan (http://www.north.gc.ca/index-eng.asp) Federal investments of $567,000 will be equally matched by the Government of Nunavut and are conditional on the signing of an acceptable contribution agreement.
Investments include up to $100,000 for renovations to the Taloyoak community pool; up to $150,000 for renovations to the Chesterfield Inlet complex gym; and up to $200,000 and $117,000, respectively, for new cement pads for the Igloolik and Sanikiluaq arenas.
“Recreation activities are a vital component of community life in the North,” stated Minister Lorne Kusugak, Minister for Community and Government Services. “This funding will repair various facilities in our communities to ensure the pools and gymnasiums can be utilized by the families and the children of these hamlets for future years.”
The RInC program, one of the programs delivered by CanNor was designed to support improvements and repairs to community recreation facilities, including new construction that either adds to or replaces existing recreational infrastructure.
CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities at the regional level in the North, as well as policy, research and advocacy. Promoting social and economic development in the North is one of the four pillars of the Government of Canada’s integrated Northern Strategy.
Canada’s 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over the next two years.
Today Minister Strahl also announced funding for additional economic development projects in the North for Yukon and Northwest Territories.
For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: http://www.north.gc.ca/index-eng.asp
To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca
For more information on infrastructure projects in Nunavut, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca
For more information, please contact
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Acting Deputy Minister
Community and Government Services
Government of Nunavut