WHITE ROCK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2012) - Today, Russ Hiebert, Member of Parliament for South Surrey - White Rock - Cloverdale, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $115,300 in federal funding for improvements to the White Rock Pier, under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
"I am proud to see White Rock benefit from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, which is a demonstration of our Government's commitment to improving the quality of life here in our community and across Canada' said MP Hiebert. "This investment will help create jobs and growth, and will support the prosperity of our regional economy for years to come."
The White Rock Pier is a treasured landmark that attracts both local residents and visitors to the area. The CIIF funding announced today will help the City of White Rock to upgrade the pier, including the replacement of eleven damaged piles and cross braces. This upgrade will help ensure that the pier remains an iconic feature of the White Rock landscape for years to come.
"We are pleased to accept this funding towards our pier upgrade project," said White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin. "The White Rock Pier is a National Historic Site, a major tourist attraction and a popular recreational structure. This upgrade project will help us improve public safety and ensure the continued use of our beautiful pier."
CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.
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.
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Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund
Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years. The Fund is being delivered by the regional development agencies across Canada. In Western Canada, Western Economic Diversification is delivering over $46 million towards eligible projects.
The construction of new infrastructure and repairs to facilities that are primarily for commercial or for-profit activities are ineligible. Facilities must be accessible for use by the public and not limited to a private membership. All projects are required to be completed by March 31, 2014.
Organizations eligible to apply for funding under CIIF include:
- local or regional governments or related agencies;
- provincial entities that provide municipal-type services to communities;
- non-profit organizations; and
- First Nation governments, including Band or Tribal Councils or their legally-designated representatives.
Examples of the type of community infrastructure that can be supported under CIIF include:
- community centres;
- cultural centres;
- recreational facilities (e.g. local arenas, swimming pools, sports fields, and other types of recreational facilities);
- tourism facilities having a local impact; and
- other existing community infrastructure assets which have a local community impact such as connectivity and broadband and local airports.
Please refer to www.wd-deo.gc.ca for more information on the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.