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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Barriere's Community Infrastructure

BARRIERE, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/08/12 -- Today, Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for upgrades to the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association's facility under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"Our Government is continuing to support communities across Canada and I am pleased that we are partnering with the hardworking people at the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association to make these improvements a reality," said MP McLeod. "This project will create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our community."

Federal funding of $53,094 will help upgrade the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association facility, including building upgrades, irrigation system extension, and material replacement. The funding will provide an upgraded facility that benefits from new, modern components and materials.

"The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association is excited to be receiving this funding from the federal government," said Jill Hayward, president of the Association, "Our facility is kept busy hosting events all year long. Being able to make the upgrades that are necessary to keep the grounds and buildings in top shape will help us to continue to be a key player in the economy of the community and the Region."

CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.

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
604-666-1318

Jill Hayward
President
North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association
250-319-8023

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

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