Caledonia, Ontario – Across the country, community centres, cultural centres, ice rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon be improved thanks to support from the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
As part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012, Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk announced $73,092.00 in federal funding for replacement of the roof at the Exhibition Hall at the Caledonia fair grounds under the Fund.
“Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians through investments in our communities,” said Finley “By improving facilities such as this one, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for residents of all ages.”
Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, the Government of Canada has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years. Please see the backgrounder for more information on CIIF.
Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund
Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years. Expansions such as adding ramps to improve accessibility to a facility, adding a roof to an outdoor rink or extending a trail or bike path are eligible. The construction of new infrastructure and repairs to facilities that are primarily for commercial or for-profit activities are ineligible. Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate anticipated economic benefits to their communities and the use of new technologies and innovation. Facilities must be accessible for use by the public and not limited to a private membership. All projects are required to be completed by March 31, 2014.
The Fund is being delivered by the regional development agencies across Canada and will support projects on a cost-shared basis. Funding recipients may receive up to 50 per cent of total eligible costs. The Government of Canada may provide up to $1 million per project. Municipal, regional and First Nation governments, as well as not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
The Fund has been allocated as follows:
|Regional Development Agency||Region||Fiscal year 2012–13||Fiscal year 2013–14||Total|
|Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency||Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island||$8,300,000||$8,300,000||$16,600,000|
|Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec||Quebec||$15,600,000||$15,600,000||$31,200,000|
|Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario||Ontario||$24,800,000||$24,800,000||$49,600,000|
|Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency||Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut||$3,200,000||$3,200,000||$6,400,000|
|Western Economic Diversification Canada||British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba||$23,100,000||$23,100,000||$46,200,000|
More information on the delivery of the Fund in each region is available by contacting each regional development agency. In Ontario, please visit www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca/ciif, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-593-5505.