Harper Government Takes Action to Improve Community Facilities

July 12, 2012
Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund Open for Business in Western Canada

RED DEER – The Harper Government recently announced the launch of the new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in the West. Community facilities, such as local arenas, community centres, and sports fields, are now eligible for repairs and upgrades through the Fund.

“Our Government, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, is continuing to support communities across Canada,” said Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, “This fund will help create jobs and growth, and build the long-term prosperity of our community.”

CIIF will support, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Local, regional and First Nation governments, as well as community not-for-profit organizations with projects that can be completed before March 31, 2014 are invited to apply for funding.

Under this Fund, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering over $46 million in funding towards projects in Western Canada.

The deadline to apply is August 2, 2012. There will be a second call for applications in November and additional intakes if funding is available. For details on project eligibility and how to submit an application, please refer to www.wd-deo.gc.ca.

This national program provides $150 million to be delivered by regional development agencies across the country. For more information on the national program, please refer to the backgrounder.