Posted on 11/13/2012, 9:43 am, by

Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, has announced federal funding for the Vassar Community Recreation Centre. The announcement was made yesterday on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

“This Centre hosts numerous community activities throughout the year, and is an important gathering place for the people of Vassar,” said Minister Toews. “By improving this facility, our Government is helping boost local economic activity while enhancing critical community infrastructure.”

The $28,000 federal investment will help to boost the local economy and create jobs while upgrading the Centre’s heating systems. The work will involve replacing the existing oil and electrical system with a Geo-thermal heating system. The upgrade will reduce the amount of energy required to heat the centre and decrease heating costs.

“Government funding in our rural community is very important to us and plays a key role in helping maintain and improve our facilities here in Vassar,” said Dean Preteau, President, Vassar Recreation Community Centre. “Funding from WD’s CIIF program is a realization of our wish to have a new geothermal heat system installed, and is the first main step in our efforts to “go green” in our community. We thank the Federal Government for their support.”

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.