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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Canada 150 infrastructure program accepting new applications


John Barlow, MP for Foothills - The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary. In a new round of applications, the Government of Canada will invest in projects seeking to renovate, expand and improve existing community infrastructure, with a focus on recreational facilities, projects to advance a clean growth economy, and projects with a positive impact on Indigenous communities.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will invest an additional $150 million over two years to support projects rehabilitating existing community facilities across Canada. These projects will ensure a lasting legacy as a result of Canada 150 and strengthen communities from coast to coast to coast.

As the objective of this program is to ensure a meaningful lasting legacy resulting from Canada 150, Western Economic Diversification Canada will be giving strong preference to projects undertaking upgrades providing long-term benefits to a community they can enjoy with pride.

“I would like to encourage municipalities and community groups in Foothills to submit their projects to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program,” said Foothills MP John Barlow. “We have incredible community spirit and pride in Southern Alberta, let’s work together to build lasting legacies to commemorate Canada’s 150th Birthday that we can enjoy together for decades.”

Examples of the type of community infrastructure that can be supported include: 
  • Recreational facilities including local arenas, gymnasia, swimming pools, sports fields, tennis, basketball, volleyball or other sport-specific courts or other types of recreational facilities;
  • Parks, recreational trails such as fitness trails, bike paths and other types of trails; 
  • Community centres (including legions); 
  • Cultural centres and museums; 
  • Campgrounds; 
  • Tourism facilities; 
  • Docks; 
  • Libraries; 
  • Cenotaphs; and, 
  • Other existing community infrastructure for public benefit. 

Please view the Program online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca for eligibility information or to apply.

In addition, an applicant must submit a fully complete application form by June 22, 2016 (and all mandatory attachments) and, be available for follow-up from June – August 2016. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online.

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