PORT ALICE, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/15/13 -- Today, the Honourable John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for improvements to Port Alice's water supply under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
"Our Government is focused on what matters to Canadians - creating jobs and growth," said MP Duncan. "With today's investment in local infrastructure, we are helping to ensure a safe water supply and fire protection abilities for Port Alice for years to come."
The Harper Government's investment of $80,300 will allow the Village of Port Alice to undertake the complete scope of the water improvement project, which includes the installation of a high density polyethylene liner on a wood stave reservoir, as well as replacement of the roof. In addition, a new hard-wired diesel generator will be installed to provide back-up power to water pumphouses.
"The contribution from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund will allow us to undertake the complete scope of this project and ensure the security of our community's drinking water supply for years to come," said Mayor Jan Allen. "This will make it possible for the Village to bring our second reservoir back on line and we will finally be able to ensure the security of our water system during power outages caused by natural disasters and other emergencies."
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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Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada - BC Region
Village of Port Alice
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