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Harper Government Investment to Benefit Communities Across British Columbia

by NationTalk on September 10, 2009418 Views

September 10, 2009
Vancouver, British Columbia

Today, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Member of Parliament for Okanagan – Coquihalla, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced more than $6 million in Government of Canada funding towards seven projects to help strengthen economic opportunities in British Columbia.“”Our Government, through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, is providing a timely, targeted stimulus to western Canadian communities, helping reduce the impacts of the global recession,”” said Minister Day. “”These projects will help create jobs, promote tourism and provide educational opportunities for our local communities.””

The projects announced today range in scope, from the development of an eco-friendly botanical garden to building a tourism information centre, and share one common goal; to create jobs in the immediate future, ensuring that British Columbians are able to return to work and provide economic stability to their community and families.

Federal funding of $6,167,407 is provided under the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

A part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) is a two-year, $1 billion national program that will provide an economic stimulus by supporting projects that create jobs and maintain employment in rural communities.

The fund will provide $306 million over two years to support the most affected western Canadian communities, such as those that are heavily reliant on resource-based industries, for instance forestry, mining, agriculture and fisheries, and communities that depend on the manufacturing industry.

Visit the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) in the West or Canada’s Economic Action Plan for more information.

For more information, contact:

Donna HowesManager,
Communications Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 604-666-1318
Cell: 604-505-6616

WD Toll-Free Number:1 888 338-WEST (9378)
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1 877 303-3388
Website: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca
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Backgrounder

On September 10, 2009, the Government of Canada announced funding of more than $6 million towards seven projects located throughout British Columbia.

• We Wai Kai Nation is receiving a contribution of $3 million to construct and expand economic infrastructure on the Quinsam Reserve in Campbell River. Funding will go towards construction and installation of underground utilities including water mains, storm drainage and sanitary servicing on a 36.6 acre industrial park.
• Neskonlith Indian Band is receiving $986,538 in funding to complete farm and range land improvements. Project activities include removal of fences and wildfire fuel, irrigation system re-alignment, weeding, seeding, soil fertilization and fence installation on Jago Gulch Range Unit.
• Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden is receiving funding of $717,077 towards the creation of an eco-friendly botanical garden. The Society has purchased 16 hectares of land, five kilometres from Sechelt for this project.
o Activities include site preparation and the installation of preliminary infrastructure such as roads, septic fields and drainage ditches. This will be followed by the construction of a 1,500 square foot facility to be used for educational/demonstration purposes, and the construction of a smaller structure for storage and displays.
• East Kootenay Invasive Plant council is receiving funding of $386,250 to assist in the coordination and management of invasive plants on public lands in the East Kootenay area.
o Activities will educate the public, private landowners and land managers about the impacts of invasive plants, increase awareness of invasive plant management, encourage support of local weed control programs and maintain a comprehensive inventory of invasive plants within the East Kootenay region.
• The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is receiving funding of $706,192 to replace and upgrade the tourist information centre in Port Alberni. The new facility will include: washrooms, a visitor counseling area, meeting rooms, interpretive displays and wide-screen visual monitors showcasing local attractions, as well as upgrades to the parking area.
• Firebird Technologies is receiving a repayable contribution of $272,350 to purchase specialized machinery and equipment, essential in the manufacture of metal compounds. The project will produce and supply high purity cadmium shot used in the manufacture of solar cells.
• The Village of Silverton is receiving a contribution of $99,000. Funding is going towards building a hot water shower washroom on the Village of Silverton’s Municipal Campground. The new washroom facility will be approximately 440 square feet and will include a seepage bed.

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