Building Arenas, Building Communities - Canada's Economic Action Plan Invests in Hockey Arenas and Community Recreation Centres

    ANOLA, MB, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Vic Toews, Member of Parliament for
Provencher and President of the Treasury Board, today toured the Anola
Community Center and highlighted the Conservative government's Recreation
Infrastructure in Canada (RInC) program, as announced in Budget 2009: Canada's
Economic Action Plan.
    To build jobs and stimulate local businesses in communities across
Canada, the RInC program will invest $500 million in building and renewing
community hockey arenas, swimming pools and recreations centres.
    "Rec centres and arenas play an important role in our towns and cities.
They are places where we come together as communities to cheer on our teams
and to spend time with our friends and neighbours. They promote well-being and
healthy lifestyles," said Toews.
    Many of Canada's community recreation centres were built to commemorate
Canada's centennial anniversary in 1967. After more than 40 years, as well as
countless hockey games and community events, many of these buildings need
extensive repairs.
    "Investing in our rec centres and hockey arenas will create jobs and put
money into our local businesses right away. Facilities like these will help us
to teach our children about the importance of competitiveness and fair play
for years to come," said Toews.
    The Conservative government has allocated $500 million for eligible
projects in the next two years, which may include hockey arenas, swimming
pools, basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields and recreation centres.
    Under the RInC Program, municipalities, First Nations, counties,
community organizations and other not-for-profit entities will be invited to
apply for renewal funding. This funding may be dedicated to either the
construction of new recreation facilities or the upgrading of existing sites
and will cover up to 50 per cent of the total project costs.

For further information:

For further information: Christine Csversko, Director of Communications,
Office of the President of the Treasury Board, (613) 957-2666

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