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April 23, 2013

BUDGET 2013: PROVINCE INVESTS IN 241 COMMUNITY CENTRES, ARENAS, PLAYGROUNDS TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR FAMILIES: PREMIER


Investments Help Strengthen Neighbourhoods, Create Opportunities for Families: Selinger

Budget 2013 will give families across Manitoba access to better recreational, cultural and learning opportunities by renewing infrastructure in their communities, Premier Greg Selinger announced today. 

“We’ve all seen the difference that strong community infrastructure like playgrounds, libraries and community centres make in our neighbourhoods.  For our children, they mean safe spaces, close to home, to learn, get exercise or socialize,” said Selinger.  “We’re helping local organizations make hundreds of improvements to these community assets that will support thousands of jobs.”

The Community Places program provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations to build, upgrade, expand or acquire projects.  This year, the program will invest $2.9 million into 241 community projects and help leverage over $17 million in funding from other sources.

These grants build on the newly created Community Places North program, which targets an additional $660,000 toward projects in remote northern communities.

This week is also National Volunteer Week (April 21 to 26), which makes it an ideal time to announce the recipients of this year’s Community Places grants, the premier said, adding that volunteers are instrumental in bringing these projects to completion.

“Building our community infrastructure is about more than creating opportunities for young people, seniors, families and community groups. It also means jobs and economic growth for local communities,” said Housing and Community Development Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross.

The Community Places program and the new Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan are helping build and improve Manitoba’s critical infrastructure needs such as flood protection, health centres, schools and roads as well as community infrastructure, said Selinger.    

Since its creation, Community Places has provided more than $107 million in grants to support more than 7,000 community construction projects provincewide.  These grants have leveraged over $700 million in infrastructure improvements in rural and urban communities, creating a broad range of jobs and stimulating the economy, the premier added.

More information on Community Places is available at www.gov.mb.ca/housing/cpp/.

A list of this year’s approved grants can be found at: www.gov.mb.ca/housing/cpp/pdf/cpp_grant_approvals_2013-14.pdf.

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