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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Peachland's Community Infrastructure

PEACHLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/09/13 -- Today, Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the Peachland Visitor & Legends of the Lake Interpretive Centre under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"By improving facilities such as this, we are helping to boost economic activity while improving local infrastructure," said MP Albas. "With today's investment, our Government is demonstrating our commitment to creating jobs, growth and long-term economic prosperity."

The Harper Government's investment of $52,700 will enhance the services provided by the Peachland Visitor & Legends of the Lake Interpretive Centre. These funds will go towards installing new flooring and lighting, as well as reconfiguring the kitchen, gift shop and washrooms. Renovations will also make the visitor centre and washroom facilities fully accessible.

"This grant provides us with an opportunity to create a truly welcoming environment, and helps us ensure a memorable experience for all residents and visitors enjoying this wonderful new asset in our community," said His Worship Mayor Keith Fielding, District of Peachland.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

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

Loretta Robinson
Tourism Services Coordinator
Peachland Chamber of Commerce
Peachland, British Columbia
250-767-2455

WD Toll-Free Number: 1 888 338-WEST (9378)
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1 877 303-3388
Website: WD is online at www.wd-deo.gc.ca

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