Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in British Columbia

    Government of Canada invests in upgrading the Institute of Ocean Sciences
    in Sidney

    SIDNEY, BC, June 24 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea,
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State
for Sport and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, today announced
over $2.8 million in funding, over the next two years, to undertake needed
repairs, maintenance work and infrastructure upgrades at the Institute of
Ocean Sciences in Sidney.
    "Our Government recognizes the Institute of Ocean Sciences as crucial to
ocean and fisheries science in Canada, and a major contributor to our local
economy," said Minister Lunn. "Today, I'm pleased to announce funding that
will enhance the efficiency of its operations, and bring economic stimulus to
Sidney and British Columbia."
    The Institute of Ocean Sciences is an important link in the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans' nationwide chain of major scientific facilities, and the
centre for research on the coastal waters of British Columbia, the
Northeastern Pacific Ocean, the western Canadian Arctic and navigable fresh
waters extending from the West Coast of Canada east to the Alberta border.
    The Institute also houses the Pacific Geoscience Centre of Natural
Resources Canada, the main centre in western Canada for monitoring and
research on earthquakes.
    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. This funding announcement is
one of the many job-creating investments being provided under Canada's
Economic Action Plan.
    Funding includes $1.1 million in 2009-10 and $1.7 million in 2010-11 for
building repairs and upgrades, including updating plumbing and electrical
systems and improving insulation and heating systems, to support enhanced
efficiency and the continued operation of the Institute of Ocean Sciences.
    To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan visit


                        CANADA'S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN

                               BRITISH COLUMBIA


    Institute of Ocean Sciences - Base Building Repairs and Upgrades


    Fisheries and Oceans Canada


    Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, British Columbia

    Name and function of Laboratory/ Facility

    Located west of Sidney, Vancouver Island on a 70-acre site, the Institute
of Ocean Sciences (IOS) is one of Canada's largest marine institutes. An
important link in Fisheries and Oceans Canada's nationwide chain of nine major
scientific facilities, the institute is the centre for research on coastal
waters of BC, the Northeastern Pacific Ocean, the western Canadian Arctic, and
navigable fresh waters east to the Alberta border.

    Funding amount

    $1,143,000 in 2009-2010 and $1,693,000 in 2010-2011

    Project description
    This project consists of repairs, upgrades and other maintenance work of
base building components to help ensure the continued operation of the
facilities. It will address operational requirements such as the exterior
building envelope, plumbing and electrical systems, emergency lighting in
laboratories, asbestos abatement, fire rated separations, painting, insulation
and heating systems, and wharf and jetty repairs.

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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