Canada's New Government commits up to $35 million for Niagara Convention and Civic Centre

    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Rob Nicholson,
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, today announced that Canada's New Government is committing up to
$35 million toward the construction of the Niagara Convention and Civic
Centre, which will help strengthen the economy in the Niagara Region.
    "Canada's New Government is delivering on its commitment to support
infrastructure investments that create economic development and strengthen
tourism. This project, along with other federal infrastructure investments in
Ontario, such as wastewater treatment improvements in Hamilton Harbour, and
improvements to the York, Brampton and Mississauga transit systems,
contributes to sustainable communities," said Minister Nicholson.
    The proposed Niagara Convention and Civic Centre project, located in
Niagara Falls, involves the construction of a facility with 100,000 square
feet of exhibition space and 30,000 square feet of meeting space. The facility
plans to attract approximately 500,000 visitors per year to the Niagara Region
and create 1,000 person-years of employment annually. Once completed, the
project is expected to be a model for environmental sustainability and will
seek to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.
    The federal funding commitment to this project is subject to the usual
due diligence review and final approval by the federal Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, and the signing of a contribution agreement
stating the project's details.
    The federal contribution is provided through the existing Canada
Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF), which supports large-scale
infrastructure projects that strengthen areas vital to sustaining economic
growth and environmental sustainability.

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Office of the Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700; Infrastructure
Canada, Communications, (613) 948-1148

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