Creating Jobs and Benefitting Science - Government of Canada invests in upgrading federal laboratories in B.C.



    NANAIMO, BC, May 29 /CNW/ - James Lunney, Member of Parliament for
Nanaimo-Alberni, today announced nearly $6 million in funding, over the next
two years, to undertake needed repairs and infrastructure upgrades at the
Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo and the Center for Aquaculture and
Environmental Research in West Vancouver.
    The funding is part of a $250 million commitment in Canada's Economic
Action Plan designed to accelerate investment, over the next two years, to
modernize federal facilities across the country. The funding, announced in
Budget 2009, is one of the many job-creating investments in the Economic
Action Plan.
    "Both the Pacific Biological Station and the Center for Aquaculture and
Environmental Research are crucial to Canadian fisheries science," said MP
Lunney. "Today, I'm pleased to announce funding which will enhance the
efficiency of their operations, and bring economic stimulus to British
Columbia."
    Funding includes $5,302,000 to the Pacific Biological Station for
building and roof repairs and upgrades and $642,000 for building repairs and
upgrades to the Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Research.
    The Pacific Biological Station is the oldest fisheries research centre on
the Pacific coast. The Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Research is a
specialized centre for aquaculture and coastal research co-founded by
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the University of British Columbia.
    To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan visit
www.actionplan.gc.ca.

    
    Backgrounder:

    Pacific Biological Station (PBS) - Base Building Repairs and Upgrades
    (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2009/pr08-eng.htm)

    Pacific Biological Station - Taylor Building Roof Repairs
    (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2009/pr06-eng.htm)

    Center for Aquaculture and Environmental Research (CAER) - Base Building
    Repairs and Upgrades
    (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/back-fiche/2009/pr07-eng.htm)
    





For further information:

For further information: Nancy Bishay, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, (613) 992-3474; Diane Lake,
Communications Advisor, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, (604) 666-0939

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