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HARPER GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN FREDERICTON COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE

 

January 25, 2013 - Fredericton, NB

Across the country, community centres, cultural centres, hockey rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon be improved thanks to support from the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

As part of Economic Action Plan 2012, the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Atlantic Gateway, today announced support for improvements to the Fredericton YMCA and the City of Fredericton’s Public Library under the Fund.

“I am proud to see the Fredericton YMCA and the City of Fredericton’s Public Library benefit from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund,” said Minister Ashfield.  “These investments will help create jobs, growth and will support the prosperity and high quality of life for Canadians.”

The Government of Canada’s investment for the two projects totalling $120,074 will provide infrastructure enhancements to the exterior areas of the Fredericton YMCA ($60,939) and help the City of Fredericton’s Public Library ($59,135) increase the space available to accommodate youth programming.

Specifically, the YMCA will improve public walking trails; make improvements to the universal preschool playground to provide shade and additional safety in the existing play area; add a new play structure for school-aged children; and expand and enhance the parking lot to improve safety and accommodate increased volume during peak hours. 

For the City of Fredericton’s Public Library, the work includes engineering and structural work; air quality and plumbing upgrades; installation of doors, fixtures and equipment, and improved signage.

“The refurbishment of the Fredericton Public Library is another example of taking care of our facilities; ensuring they continue to be community assets that are safe, accessible and vibrant long into the future” said Mayor Woodside.  Mayor Woodside added “renewing our infrastructure continues to be a top priority for the City and the strong relationship with our Federal partners continues to allow the necessary renewal work to continue.”

“Our YMCA has experienced significant growth since we opened our new facility and the expanded parking, new walking trail and playground structures will allow us to support and nurture even more families and children to be active on a daily basis, “ said Lincoln Thompson, President Fredericton YMCA. “We are extremely pleased to receive this funding to improve our property and make it as accessible as possible to people of all ages.”
 
In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities. 

The Fund supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure that is accessible for use by the public. Recipients of the Fund may receive contributions of up to $1 million and must leverage a minimum of 50 per cent of funding from other sources. Please see the backgrounder for more information on CIIF.

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The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Atlantic Gateway, today announced support for the Fredericton YMCA and the City of Fredericton’s Public Library under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

The Government of Canada’s investment for the two projects totalling $120,074 will provide infrastructure enhancements to the exterior of the Fredericton YMCA ($60,939) and, help with renovations and expansions to the City of Fredericton’s Public Library ($59,135).

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is delivering the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in Atlantic Canada with an allocation of $16.6 million over two years.

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For more information, contact:

Ann Kenney, Senior Communications Officer
ACOA New Brunswick
506-452-3687

Kathy Russell, President and CEO
Fredericton YMCA
506-462-3000

Michael Baldwin, City of Fredericton
Corporate Affairs
506-460-2795

BACKGROUNDER
Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government has committed $150 million over the next two years to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities. The Fund is being delivered by the regional development agencies across Canada.

The construction of new infrastructure and repairs to facilities that are primarily or 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;
• parks;
• libraries;
• 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.

Assessment Criteria

a) Projects must meet the following mandatory requirements:

• fall under one of the eligible project categories;
• be for the rehabilitation or repair, including expansion, of community infrastructure assets;
• leverage a minimum of 50 per cent of funding from other sources; and
• be materially completed by March 31, 2014.

b) Projects that meet the eligibility requirements above will be assessed based on the following:

• project readiness;
• capacity to be materially completed by March 31, 2014;
• the extent to which other funding is leveraged; and
• anticipated economic benefits, including the potential for job creation.

Application

Proposals will be considered until such time as funds are fully committed. Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to do so early. For more information on the CIIF program, contact the ACOA office nearest you.

o New Brunswick: 1-800-561-4030
o Prince Edward Island: 1-800-871-2596
o Newfoundland and Labrador: 1-800-668-1010
o Nova Scotia: 1-800-565-1228
o Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation: 1-800-705-3926
o ACOA Head Office: 1-800-561-7862

For more information, please refer to ACOA’s website at www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca.