Harper Government, Province of Alberta and City of Red Deer Invest in Community Infrastructure

November 13, 2012

Red Deer, Ab – Today, Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for upgrades to the Red Deer Public Library under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

“I am proud to see the City of Red Deer benefit from our Government’s support for local infrastructure,” said MP Dreeshen. “This investment will help create jobs and growth, and will support the prosperity of the community for years to come.”

Federal funds of $225,300 will support electrical upgrades and the installation of new air conditioning equipment, along with several other interior renovations. These upgrades will reduce operating costs, create a more energy efficient facility, and provide a more comfortable, modernized learning space for public enjoyment.

“Libraries are often the cultural hubs of our communities, a place where we can connect with each other and our community,” said Alberta Culture Minister, Heather Klimchuk. “The Government of Alberta is proud to partner with the federal government and the community with $100,000 in funding through the Community Facility Enhancement Program. These improvements will provide the people of Red Deer with more modern, efficient space to gather and to learn.”

"Red Deer Public Library is pleased to receive support from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for important renovations to one of Red Deer's most used public facilities,” said Duncan Anderson, Board Chair of the Red Deer Library Board. “Along with support from the provincial Community Facility Enhancement Program and the City of Red Deer's tax levy, the federal funds will help to make the Library's Downtown Branch more accessible, energy-efficient, and aesthetically pleasing."

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.

The Community Facility Enhancement Program reinvests revenues generated from Alberta’s provincial lotteries to empower local citizens and community organizations as they respond to local needs.

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.