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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Richmond's Community Infrastructure

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/22/12 -- Today, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors and Member of Parliament for Richmond, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for improvements to the Richmond Curling Centre, under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities," said Minister Wong. "By improving facilities such as this, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians."

A federal investment of $40,300 will support the Richmond Winter Club to replace the ice condenser at the Richmond Curling Centre.

"We are pleased to accept this contribution toward the costly and necessary replacement of our ice condenser. The Richmond Curling Centre is mandated to providing safe and quality curling opportunity to men and women of all ages and abilities," said Doug Bradley, General Manager of the Richmond Curling Club on behalf of the Board of the Richmond Winter Club. "We are the sole provider of curling in Richmond and are proud to be a strong community partner. The new condenser which is a key component to our ice making equipment will ensure our facility will continue to fulfill our mandate to the community well into the future."

CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating, small and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

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Contacts:
Jaime Burke
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia
604-666-1318

Doug Bradley
General Manager
Richmond Curling Club
604-278-1722

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