Year-round use of community arena made possible by Canada 150 funding
INUVIK, NT, June 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor announced $197,000 in funding to assist the Town of Inuvik with the purchase of floor covers for the ice surface of the Midnight Sun Complex.
These floor covers allow the community to host activities and special events year-round. In previous years, ice surfaces were too hazardous to be used for anything other than winter sports like hockey.
The custom floor covers were recently installed in anticipation of the summer season. The covers will also expand the range of available winter activities. Inuvik will now be able to attract conferences and benefit from related regional tourism.
In addition to economic benefits, improving access to recreational infrastructure has an important social impact in remote northern communities. This upgrade will benefit local residents both immediately and in years to come.
"The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program preserves community infrastructure to define a community's sense of place, pride and purpose. Upgrades to the Midnight Sun Complex will help elevate the profile of the community and make the North an even better place to call home."
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and
Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
"I'm very pleased that Canada's 150 funding has helped upgrade a key community space in the Town of Inuvik. These custom floor covers will support more events for residents to enjoy and help bring new opportunities for the town to grow and prosper."
Member of Parliament, Northwest Territories
"The Town of Inuvik is delighted to have received funding from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The floor covers will increase the opportunity to enhance the variety of activities and programs offered to the community, while assisting the municipality in achieving its economic development targets."
Manager of Tourism & Economic Development, Town of Inuvik
- The floor covers are customized to fit both the surface of the curling rink in the summer months and the ice surface of the community arena during the winter months.
- The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) supports projects to renovate, expand and improve spaces such as community centres, parks and arenas across Canada as part of the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. In the North, CIP 150 continues to be delivered by CanNor.
For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For further information: Office of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Karl W. Sasseville, Press Secretary, 343-291-2500; Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Rebecca McDonald, Communications Advisor, Northwest Territories Region, 867-669-2592; Town of Inuvik, Vicky Grégoire-Tremblay, Manager of Tourism & Economic Development, 867-777-8632