Government introduces new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

[SWIFT CURRENT, SK] – David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands today announced the launch of the new Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in Western Canada. Community facilities, such as local arenas, community centres, and sports fields, are now eligible for repairs and upgrades through the Fund.

“Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities. By improving the quality of our community facilities, we are also ensuring our residents have local gathering spaces for years to come, said Anderson.

Organizations eligible to apply for funding under CIIF include:

· local or regional governments or related agencies;

· provincial entities that provide municipal-type services to communities;

· non-profit organizations; and

· First Nation governments, including Band or Tribal Councils or their legally-designated representatives.

 

Eligible projects include:

· community and cultural centres;

· parks;

· libraries;

· recreational trails;

· recreational facilities (e.g. local arenas, swimming pools, sports fields, and other types of recreational facilities);

· tourism facilities having a local impact; and

· other existing community infrastructure assets which have a local community impact such as connectivity and broadband and local airports.

The deadline to apply is August 2, 2012. Jobs must be completed by March 31, 2014. There will be a second call for applications in November and additional intakes if funding is available. For details on project eligibility and how to submit an application, please refer to www.wd-deo.gc.ca.

“Our Government, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, is continuing to support communities across Canada. This fund will help create jobs and growth, and build the long-term prosperity of our community,” concluded Anderson.