Harper Government Strengthening Community Infrastructure in Star City

January 25, 2013

Star City, SK, January 25, 2013 – Across the country, community centres, cultural centres, hockey rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon be improved thanks to support from the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

As part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012, Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for upgrading the playground in Star City under the Fund.

“Our Government is pleased to support infrastructure projects across the country like the Star City playground upgrade,” said MP Hoback. “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’s investment of $29,014 will enhance the safety and accessibility of the playground by replacing the existing play structure with one that complies with current safety standards. The playground is the only significant play area in the community, and its use is growing as children from younger families moving into the area join students from the before-and-after school childcare programs on the play structures.

“The children of Star City will now enjoy a new play structure which meets the current safety standards, and can provide opportunities for play to all children,” said Star City Mayor Herb Reid.  “Moving forward with this new play structure in our town completes the Playground Rejuvenation efforts that the community has been working toward over the last few years.  This play structure will be of great benefit to all of the children who live here and attend school here, and will be enjoyed for many years to come.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities. 

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating small and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

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