Feds investing in Callander's community infrastructureFriday, February 22, 2013 by: Kate Adams
FedNor News Release
Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, today announced an investment by the Harper Government to enhance local tourism and create jobs by supporting two community infrastructure projects in the Municipality of Callander.
“The Harper Government is committed to making targeted investments that support the development, growth and diversification of Northern Ontario’s economy,” said MP Aspin. “Today’s announcement will help the Municipality of Callander to capitalize on tourism opportunities and position the region for long-term prosperity.”
“Our Government is focused on what matters most to Canadians – creating jobs and growing the economy,” said Minister Clement. “Through FedNor and the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, the Harper Government is building a brighter future for the people, businesses and communities of Northern Ontario and across the nation.”
Funding of $472,742, through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, will support the rehabilitation of Callander’s wharf and marina. Specifically, the funding will be used to repair an existing breakwater, replace timber decking, add new curbs, concrete caps and mooring devices, as well as install energy-efficient, solar-powered LED bollards to enhance public safety. The project will also include the installation of new floating docks capable of accommodating up to 12 boats, which will help the facility attract more visitors to the area.
FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program supports projects that strengthen community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
An additional $102,387, provided through the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), will enable the Municipality of Callander to complete improvements to Centennial Park. Specifically, the project will include adding a splash pad and exercise equipment, expanding play structures, upgrading the beach and swimming platform, as well as improving accessibility to the park.
Introduced as part of Economic Action Plan 2012, CIIF 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.
“By supporting these two important infrastructure projects, the Government of Canada is helping
to revitalize the local economy by strengthening our tourism industry,” said Mayor Hector
Lavigne, Municipality of Callander.
“The funding announced today will assist the Municipality in implementing Callander’s Downtown Waterfront Revitalization Strategy, which is sure to deliver immediate and lasting economic benefits for our community.”