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04/23/2014 - 13:00
The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), will make an announcement regarding Government of Canada support for the New Horizons for Seniors Program in Richmond.
04/23/2014 - 13:00
The Government of Canada is helping Canadians with disabilities develop the skills and experience they need to find jobs, today announced the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development.
04/23/2014 - 12:45
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today highlighted the Government of Canada's support for Emera's Maritime Link project through a federal loan guarantee. The federal government's loan guarantee, backed by Canada's triple-A credit rating, has enabled Emera Inc. and its subsidiary, NSP Maritime Link Inc., to dramatically lower borrowing costs. Finalized in March, the guarantee applies up to $1.3 billion of debt for the Maritime Link project, securing projected savings of hundreds of millions in interest charges for ratepayers in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
04/23/2014 - 12:38
The Government of Canada is committed to developing Canada's immense resource wealth in a way that ensures world-class protection for our environment. In the June 2011 Speech from the Throne, the Government committed to supporting the Lower Churchill projects.

Strahl announces new funds to improve local community facilities

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Chilliwack- Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon announced that Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) would deliver $46 million over two years to local, regional and First Nation governments as well as not-for-profit organizations in Western Canada to make eligible repairs and upgrades on community facilities such as local arenas and sports fields.

"Improving the quality of arenas and sports facilities will create local jobs and help build stronger and more prosperous communities," said Strahl.

The funding is part of a $150 million Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) that will support development agencies across Canada. The CIIF will support, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure that is accessible to the public. Projects that can be completed before March 31, 2014 are invited to apply for funding.

The deadline to apply is August 2, 2012. 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.

Western Economic Diversification Canada works to create jobs and economic growth for Western Canada. By promoting new economic opportunities, WD is securing a more diverse and prosperous future for the West while advancing western interests at the national level.

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