Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Greater Vancouver's Community Infrastructure

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 8, 2013) - Today, Wai Young, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for renovations to the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre in Vancouver, as well as improvements to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. centres throughout Greater Vancouver 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 MP Young. "By making these investments in local infrastructure, we are helping boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians."

The Harper Government's total investment of $91,868 will enhance the services provided by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and will create jobs by allowing S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to undertake two projects.

With CIIF funding of $49,348, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will renovate their Social Service Centre in Vancouver by upgrading the air conditioning system, replacing the walls and sound system of Choi Hall, installing a Wi-Fi network, and upgrading the exterior lighting and security camera system.

With CIIF funding of $42,520, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. will also improve eight S.U.C.C.E.S.S. service centres in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Surrey and Richmond by installing multi-lingual signage, improving parking access, replacing and repairing awnings, and installing new flag poles. One location will also receive improvements to drywall and interior support structures.

"Thanks to the support from the federal government, we are able to make some much-needed infrastructure repairs and updates," said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. "This will improve public access, ensure safety to our service facilities and help us continue to engage and serve the community the best we can."

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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Jaime Burke
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada - BC Region
604-666-1318

Eileen Lao
Public Affairs Manager
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
604-408-7243

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