VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 27, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan - Shuswap, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of over $160,000 for six projects under the Government of Canada's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

In Budget 2015, the Government of Canada announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. The Government committed $150 million for the Program, in order to provide significant support for community and cultural infrastructure across the country, as we celebrate Canada 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will help fund renovations, expansions and rehabilitations to existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public. The Program represents one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The national Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program provides $150 million over two years to be delivered by regional development agencies across the country. It is part of the federal government's activities to honour Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. WD is responsible for the distribution of $46,200,200 over two years for Western Canada.
  • The six projects will help with: upgrades to the Cedar Heights Community Centre; improvements to the Greater Vernon Museum; a new metal frame playground in Cherryville; the installation of avalanche warning signage in Blue Lake, Eagle Pass, Owlhead Mountain and Queest Mountain; upgrades to the Salmon Arm Curling Centre; and the replacement of roof shingles at the Vernon Curling Club.


"Our Government's investments across the West are helping to build stronger communities and create jobs. As we look towards the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we are helping all Canadians celebrate this important milestone while leaving a lasting legacy improved local infrastructure."

  • Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan - Shuswap

"The Museum plays a vital role in our community. I am so grateful that we are able to help safeguard our history due to the contribution from the Canada 150 program."

  • Juliette Cunningham, Committee Chair, Greater Vernon Advisory

Additional Links

WD: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Greater Vernon Museum and Archives

British Columbia Projects being launched today:

Proponent Description Canada 150 Funding Amount
Cedar Heights Community Association Replace Exterior Signage at the Cedar Heights Community Centre $10,000
Cherryville Community Club Replace the playground at Hansen Park in Cherryville $3,264
Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club Improve the avalanche condition signage in the parking lots of several parks in Sicamous $2,041
Regional District of North Okanagan Upgrade Greater Vernon Museum and Archives $100,000
The Salmon Arm Curling Club Replace water treatment system and emissivity ceilings in the Salmon Arm Curling Club $25,000
Vernon Curling & Athletic Club Replace Vernon Curling & Athletic Club existing shingled roof $23,276

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Contact Information:

Nicholas Insley
Office of the Minister
Western Economic Diversification Canada

Tannis Nelson
Community Development Coordinator
Regional District of North Okanagan

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