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Government of Canada Invests in Cranbrook

Government of Canada Invests in Cranbrook's Recreational Infrastructure

CRANBROOK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2010) - The Cranbrook Memorial Arena is receiving a facelift thanks to the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, a major job-creating investment from Canada's Economic Action Plan.

Today, the Honourable Jim Abbott, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding of $1 million for a project that will create jobs in Cranbrook.

"I'm proud to announce that our Government, through the Economic Action Plan, is providing timely support for Cranbrook," said Parliamentary Secretary Abbott. "By investing in upgrades to the Memorial Arena we are helping to create jobs and opportunity right here in our community, while ensuring that residents have access to a first-class facility for many years to come."

Project work includes interior renovations and roof repairs, as well as upgrades to the electrical and fire control system for the Cranbrook Memorial Arena. These improvements will support the residents of Cranbrook and the surrounding area by encouraging healthy lifestyles through increased recreational opportunities.

Funding is provided through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"The City of Cranbrook greatly appreciates the Federal government's assistance through this funding," said Mayor Scott Manjak. "These funds will help the City with refitting the Memorial Arena which has a long and rich legacy in our community."

The Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program will invest $500 million in recreational facilities across Canada over a two-year period. It will provide a temporary economic stimulus that will help reduce the impacts of the global recession while renewing, upgrading and expanding recreational infrastructure in Canadian communities. A total of almost $153 million in RInC funding will be invested across the four western provinces by Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Visit the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in the West, or Canada's Economic Action Plan for more information.

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