YMCA receives $90,009 in CIIF fundingTuesday, January 22, 2013 by: Kate AdamsMP Jay Aspin
Across Northern Ontario, community and cultural centres, hockey rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon begin repair and rehabilitation work thanks to support from the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, today announced a project in the City of North Bay that will benefit from the Fund.
“Our Government is pleased to support infrastructure projects across Canada, such as renovations to the YMCA of North Bay and District,” said MP Aspin.
“The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund will benefit Canadian families and communities immediately, helping to support job creation, boosting economic activity, as well as creating safe and accessible community infrastructure facilities for years to come.”
“The Harper Government is focused on what matters to Canadians – creating jobs and growth,” said Minister Clement.
“Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Program, our Government continues to support communities in Northern Ontario and across the country.”
In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. The Plan identified $150 million over two years for the Fund to support projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.
MP Aspin was joined by local community and business leaders at the YMCA of North Bay and District to announce $90,009 in CIIF funding to complete renovations and enhancements to the public change rooms at the facility.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates that the Government of Canada recognizes our community’s needs and is investing to make the City of North Bay a better place to live, work, play and visit,” added Kim Kanmacher, CEO, YMCA of North Bay and District.
“The YMCA is an important part the community and this funding will help complete a variety of upgrades needed to modernize the facility.”
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 percent of funding from other sources. The Government of Canada’s contribution to recipients is contingent on the successful execution of a contribution agreement. Please see the backgrounder for more information on CIIF.