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Minister James Moore Announces Funding for Culture, Infrastructure and Jobs in Tri-Cities

Government of Canada support for community organizations and residents in Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam

COQUITLAM, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/26/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

Today, the Honourable James Moore, Minister Responsible for British Columbia and Member of Parliament (Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam), announced $623,024 in funding support for arts and culture, seniors, accessibility upgrades, veterans and jobs in the Tri-Cities community.

Funding announced today will not only improve the quality of festivals and celebrations that take place every year, but also enhance access to community centres and public spaces where they take place. From building ramps and installing door openers to acquiring new equipment and facility upgrades, these improvements will make a real difference in the lives of Tri-Cities residents. Seniors centres will be able to continue to provide daily activities, the Town Centre in Coquitlam will be more accessible to people with disabilities, and more people will be able to attend community festivals and learn about our country's rich culture and heritage.

Quick Facts

- The City of Port Moody will receive $32,800 to host Golden Spike Days. This long-running annual festival is a highlight for the Tri-Cities, showcasing community traditions.

- The Evergreen Cultural Centre will receive $14,000 to present its 2014-15 annual season, which includes more than 80 performances of drama, music and dance, and includes workshops for children and young people.

- La Societe francophone de Maillardville will receive $59,000 over two years to present the 26th and 27th Festival du Bois, one of B.C.'s largest Francophone festivals of music, dance, craft, food and culture, as well as several other Francophone community events throughout the year.

- Forty-five organizations in the Tri-Cities will receive a combined $363,088 in Canada Summer Jobs funding to hire 98 students. The organizations include the City of Coquitlam, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Evergreen Cultural Centre, the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Hawthorne Seniors Care Community, Terry Fox Foundation and the PoCo Youth Society. Canada Summer Jobs helps students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful now and in the future, while earning money for the upcoming school year.

- The City of Coquitlam, the City of Port Coquitlam, the Port Moody Heritage Society and the Royal Canadian Legion #263 will receive a total of $30,800 to host festivities celebrating Canada's birthday and heritage.

--  The Port Moody Heritage Society will receive $5,000 to honour community
    members who took part in World War I. The Port Moody Museum, operated by
    the Port Moody Heritage Society, will turn into a military encampment,
    recreating the wartime experience and sharing the stories of those who
    gave their lives for Canada. 
--  The City of Coquitlam will receive $44,436 in funding to complete
    renovations to Coquitlam Town Centre that improve physical accessibility
    and safety for people with disabilities. 
--  The Glen Pine 50 Plus Society, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133 and the
    Wilson Centre Seniors' Advisory Association will receive $73,900 to
    upgrade their facilities and make it easier for seniors in the Tri-
    Cities to access community programs and take part in daily activities. 

- These investments include projects funded under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, Canada Summer Jobs, the Celebrate Canada program, the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, the Enabling Accessibility Fund and the New Horizons for Seniors program.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to partner with local organizations that connect our community through arts performances, celebrations of festivals and improvements to community centres. The Tri-Cities has a strong tradition of bringing together residents both young and old through vibrant local festivals and strong neighbourhood arts organizations. I am thrilled to see the continuation of support for festivals and cultural events that help make the Tri-Cities such a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family."

-The Honourable James Moore, Member of Parliament (Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam)

"As one of the fastest-growing municipalities in the Lower Mainland, Coquitlam strives to provide exceptional arts, culture and recreation opportunities for members of our community of every age, ability and cultural background. These opportunities are enhanced through our partnerships with the Government of Canada."

-His Worship Richard Stewart, Mayor, City of Coquitlam

"We'd like to thank the federal government for their ongoing support of Canada Day celebrations in Port Coquitlam. These events bring our community together to celebrate our rich heritage, culture and diversity. We also appreciate the support provided to our seniors advisory group and our local legion branch so they can continue to provide services that keep seniors in our community healthy, engaged and active."

-His Worship Greg Moore, Mayor, City of Port Coquitlam

"It's great to see this announcement of funding supporting volunteer groups who work hard to enrich our community. The Golden Spike Days Festival is the premier annual event in Port Moody that relies on thousands of volunteer hours, and I believe taxpayers appreciate seeing the federal government making these investments - with all of these great Tri-Cities organizations - on their behalf."

-His Worship Mike Clay, Mayor, City of Port Moody

"The Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society is immensely grateful for the contribution that the Government of Canada has made to our festival. This funding allows us to engage our community by presenting a talented group of local entertainers including heritage and family-centric activities that keep patrons returning year after year. The festival would not be possible without this generous support."

-Monique Balaski, President, Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society

"We are very pleased with the Government of Canada's support of our two projects. Celebrate Canada funding for our first ever National Aboriginal Day event on June 21, 2014, enabled us to build a partnership with the Kwikwetlam First Nation that has us planning for our second annual event in 2015. Veterans Affairs Canada has supported our Maple Leaf show where we anticipate 5,000 visitors will come to our small museum to honour our veterans in remembrance and peace."

-Jim Millar, Executive Director, Port Moody Heritage Society

"The Wilson Centre is very grateful to have received funding from the Government of Canada through the New Horizons for Seniors Program for renovations to our handicapped washroom facilities. The Wilson Centre is quite old and would be unable to accommodate the increased need as seniors are living longer, using walkers and wheelchairs. Indeed, the huge baby-boomer generation is putting more stress on our facilities, as well. The funding we have received will go a long way toward making our more than 1,200 members more comfortable and will also allow us to grow our membership. Thank you to the Government of Canada for its help. It is money well spent."

-Bruce Hansen, President, Wilson Centre Seniors' Advisory Association

Associated Links

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Canada Summer Jobs

Celebrate Canada program

City of Coquitlam Canada Day 2014

City of Coquitlam Town Centre Park

Community Engagement Partnership Fund

Enabling Accessibility Fund

Evergreen Cultural Centre

Glen Pine 50 Plus Society

New Horizons for Seniors program

Port Coquitlam Canada Day 2014

Port Moody Golden Spike Days Festival

Port Moody Heritage Society

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263

Societe francophone de Maillardville

Wilson Centre Seniors' Advisory Association

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BACKGROUNDER

From the Department of Canadian Heritage:

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Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage                              
                                                                            
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides         
Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present   
local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.            
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City        Organization          Project                   Funding and Year
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Port Moody  Port Moody Golden     38th Annual Golden       $32,800 (2014-15)
            Spike Days Society    Spike Days Festival                       
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                                                             TOTAL : $32,800
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Canada Arts Presentation Fund                                               
                                                                            
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the   
variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts          
festivals, presentations of live professional performances and other        
artistic experiences.                                                       
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City        Organization            Project                 Funding and Year
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Coquitlam   Evergreen Cultural      Evergreen Cultural     $14,000 (2014-15)
            Centre Society          Centre Series                           
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Coquitlam   Societe francophone de  26th and 27th Festival $29,500 (2014-15)
            Maillardville           du Bois / Scene de     $29,500 (2015-16)
                                    Maillardville                           
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                                                              TOTAL: $73,000
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Celebrate Canada                                                            
                                                                            
Celebrate Canada is an 11-day celebration that takes place from June 21 to  
July 1 and includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21, St. Jean Baptiste   
Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and Canada Day on 
July 1.                                                                     
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City        Organization            Project                 Funding and Year
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Coquitlam   City of Coquitlam       Canada Day             $21,000 (2014-15)
                                    Celebrations 2014                       
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Coquitlam   Royal Canadian Legion   Canada Day Celebration    $300 (2014-15)
            Branch 263                                                      
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Port        Port Coquitlam Canada   Canada Day              $8,500 (2014-15)
Coquitlam   Day Task Force          Celebrations 2014                       
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Port Moody  Port Moody Heritage     Celebrate Our           $1,000 (2014-15)
            Society                 Aboriginal Heritage                     
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                                                             TOTAL : $30,800
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From Employment and Social Development Canada:

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Canada Summer Jobs                                                          
                                                                            
Canada Summer Jobs equips young Canadians with the skills and experience    
they need to get into the workforce. This year alone, Canada Summer Jobs is 
creating 98 job opportunities for youth with 45 employers in the Tri-Cities 
area representing $363,088 in funding. This benefits students, employers and
local economies.                                                            
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                                                            TOTAL : $363,088
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Enabling Accessibility Fund                                                 
                                                                            
The Enabling Accessibility Fund is a federal grants and contributions       
program that supports capital costs of construction and renovations related 
to improving physical accessibility and safety for people with disabilities 
in Canadian communities and workplaces.                                     
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City        Organization            Project                          Funding
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Coquitlam   City of Coquitlam       Town Centre                      $44,436
                                    Accessibility Project                   
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                                                             TOTAL : $44,436
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New Horizons for Seniors Program                                            
                                                                            
The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and         
contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who 
make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. Through  
the NHSP, the Government of Canada encourages seniors to share their        
knowledge, skills and experiences to the benefit of others.                 
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City        Organization            Project                          Funding
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Coquitlam   Glen Pine 50 Plus       Staying Connected                $23,900
            Society                                                         
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Port        Royal Canadian Legion   Upgrade and Space                $25,000
Coquitlam   Branch 133              Utilization of the                      
                                    Legion                                  
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Port        Wilson Centre Seniors'  Wilson Centre                    $25,000
Coquitlam   Advisory Association    Accessibility Upgrade                   
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                                                             TOTAL : $73,900
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From Veterans Affairs Canada:

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Community Engagement Partnership Fund                                       
                                                                            
The Community Engagement Partnership Fund aims to expand the reach of       
remembrance programming by providing funding for projects that recognize    
traditional and modern-day Canadian Veterans and those who died in service. 
Supporting commemorative projects ensures that Canadians have increased     
opportunities to participate in remembrance.                                
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City        Organization           Project                           Funding
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Port Moody  Port Moody Heritage    The Maple Leaf Show                $5,000
            Society                                                         
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                                                              TOTAL : $5,000
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Contacts:
Jake Enwright
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Industry
613-995-9001

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