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Canada 150 Funding For Sports Field Lighting Confirmed

From Western Economic Diversification Canada

August 17, 2017

BC Communities Benefit from Improved Community Spaces

for Better Quality of Life

More than $970,000 from the Government of Canada will support eight projects

Communities in the BC Interior will benefit from safer, more reliable infrastructure as a result of more than $970,000 from the Government of Canada for eight projects.

The funding was announced today by the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Funding for the eight projects will provide upgrades to sports fields, recreation centres and community halls. The funding was announced at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, where the federal investment will be used to upgrade and repurpose an existing recreation field.

This investment is being allocated under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, a $300-million fund that was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation through investments in the community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, up to $92.4 million is being invested across Western Canada.


"These investments are community-building projects to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. And there's no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together - the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. That's how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces."

- The Honourable Navedeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for Economic Diversification Canada

"Strong communities are built on strong, modern infrastructure. This funding is delivering on that idea, and at the same time, focusing on the very facilities that bring communities together - sports fields, community halls and recreation centres."

- The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities


The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary of Confederation. 

Budget 2016 provided an additional $150 million over two years to Canada’s Regional Development Agencies to invest in local improvements to communities across the country, starting in 2016-17. $46.2 million was allocated for projects across Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is responsible for administering the program in the West. 

CIP 150 supports projects seeking to renovate, expand, and improve existing community infrastructure. Priority was given to projects that upgrade recreational facilities, advance a clean growth economy, and have a positive impact on Indigenous communities and peoples. 

A Government of Canada CIP 150 investment of $978,126 was announced today for work on eight recreational and cultural projects in British Columbia.

Project ProponentProject DescriptionCanada 150 Community Infrastructure Funding
Adams Lake Indian BandRenovate the Switsemalph Community Centre in Salmon Arm$82,000
City of West KelownaUpgrade the lighting at West Kelowna Sports Fields$337,750
Corporation of the Village of AshcroftUpgrade the Drylands Arena in Ashcroft$32,856
District of LillooetRenovate the Lillooet Recreation Centre facilities$160,500
Lower Nicola Indian BandModernize the community hall kitchen and renovate washroom for the Lower Nicola Indian Band in Merritt$50,100
Lumby Lions ClubUpgrade the Lumby Lions Campground$30,000
Town of OsoyoosUpgrade and pave the canal trail in Osoyoos$59,920
University of British ColumbiaUpgrade and repurpose an existing recreation field$225,000
Total WD funding$978,126

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