Government of Canada Invests $500,000 in Improvements to Vancouver's Community Infrastructure

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) will support a major renewal of Vancouver's Sunset Park  

VANCOUVER, July 1, 2017 /CNW/ - Sunset Park, a popular Vancouver destination, will receive a much-needed renovation with a $500,000 investment though the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, made the announcement today during a visit to the park.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Budget 2016 provided an additional $150 million over two years to Canada's Regional Development Agencies to deliver further community funding across the country, starting in 2016-17. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is responsible for administering the program in Western Canada.

Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada will support projects that renovate, expand, and improve existing community infrastructure, with a focus on recreational facilities, projects that advance a clean growth economy, and projects with a positive impact on Indigenous communities.

Quotes

"An investment in a park is an investment in the well-being of a community. I am proud that we are supporting this amazing amenity that is providing people of all ages and from all walks of life opportunities to relax, play, and exercise."

- The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

"Sunset Park has long provided vital green space to residents of South Vancouver. We are planning a number of exciting upgrades to the park starting this summer including new pathways, a playground, more seating and a rain garden. This generous funding contribution will go a long way in making these improvements a reality."

- Michael Wiebe, Chair, Vancouver Park Board

Quick Facts

  • The funding announced today will support a major renewal of Sunset Park, expanding green space and adding new amenities for children, seniors, and youth.
  • It will also improve natural and historical features.
  • Project activities will include installing new pathways, seating, gathering places, playground equipment, and event infrastructure.

Stay Connected

Twitter: @WD_Canada, @canada150th, @MinisterISED, @CityofVancouver.
Hashtags: #Canada150
Website: WD Homepage, Canada 150 Homepage, City of Vancouver.
Facebook: @canada150th
Instagram: @canada150
WD Toll-Free Number: 1-888-338-WEST (9378)
TTY (telecommunications device for the hearing impaired): 1-877-303-3388

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SOURCE Western Economic Diversification Canada

For further information: Ben Stanford, Regional Communications Manager, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Telephone: 604-666-7038, Email: ben.stanford@canada.ca


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