Harper Government strengthening community infrastructure in the Sudbury region

Sudbury, Ontario, January 9, 2013 — Across Northern Ontario, community and cultural centres, hockey rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon begin repair and rehabilitation work thanks to support from the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, was in Sudbury today to announce 14 local projects that will benefit from the Fund (see attached backgrounder).

"Our Government is focused on what matters to Canadians – creating jobs and growth," said Minister Clement. "Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Program, the Harper Government continues to support communities across the country."

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

Minister Clement was joined by local community and business leaders at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre to announce $576,577 in CIIF funding for 14 Sudbury projects.

"Today's announcement will help ensure that the residents of Sudbury continue to have access to high-quality community and recreational facilities," added Mayor Marianne Matichuk, City of Greater Sudbury. "Thanks to these investments, through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, community assets will continue to meet the long-term needs of the people and businesses across the region."

The Fund supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure that is accessible for use by the public. Recipients of the Fund may receive contributions of up to $1 million and must leverage a minimum of 50 percent of funding from other sources. The Government of Canada's contribution to recipients is contingent on the successful execution of a contribution agreement. Please see the backgrounder for more information on CIIF.

FedNor – 25 years of successful investments in Northern Ontario. To find out more about our programs and services, please visit: fednor.gc.ca or follow us on Twitter @FedNor.

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For more information, please contact:

Andrea Mandel-Campbell
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement

Barclay Babcock
Communications Officer
705-671-0715 or 1-877-333-6673 Ext 303

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