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01/29/2015 - 04:00
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, alongside Jayson Myers, President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, today hosted an export workshop designed to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the tools and practical information they need to take advantage of international business opportunities to export.
01/28/2015 - 18:10
Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, returned from a successful visit to Berlin, Germany, where he participated in Reach Every Child, the Gavi replenishment pledging conference.
01/28/2015 - 16:45
OTTAWA - The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) conducted a panel discussion on mental health in support of Bell Let's Talk's campaign against stigma surrounding mental illness today.
01/28/2015 - 15:35
"Following direction from General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, to conduct an administrative investigation into irregularities in administrative procedures concerning Master Corporal (Ret'd) Raymond's file, I am convening a military Board of Inquiry (BOI) to be led by Col D.A. MacIsaac as the president.

Strahl announces new funds to improve local community facilities


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

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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