Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Recreation Centre Ribbon Cutting

After much anticipation, the new Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Centre in Fort Nelson will be officially opening September 7th at 6:00pm with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at this year's BC Oil and Gas Conference. Federal, provincial, local and First Nation officials will join with members of the community and the oil and gas industry to formally open the Centre.

“Our Government is proud to have created jobs and economic activity here in Fort Nelson,” said the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “I look forward to seeing residents of all ages take full advantage of this new, state-of-the-art recreation complex for years to come.”

The new Recreation Centre received a significant amount of funding through grants and donations. The Governments of Canada and British Columbia jointly contributed $10 million toward the project, through the Canada - British Columbia Building Canada Fund - Communities Component. The project, which cost an estimated $34 million, was also possible thanks to funding from the municipal government. Over $1 million of the municipal portion came from private industry.

"The B.C. Government is committed to creating jobs, building strong communities and promoting healthy and active lifestyles for British Columbians. The completion of this facility is just one more example of this commitment in north eastern B.C." said Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm

“I am blown away with the tremendous support we have received for the new centre. We couldn't have built such an impressive facility without the support from the Federal Government, the Province, our local businesses, and our community,” said Northern Rockies Mayor Bill Streeper.

The opening ceremony for the Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Centre will also formally open the 2011 BC Oil and Gas Conference. Fort Nelson last hosted the annual conference in 2004, and since the collapse of the previous Recreation Centre in 2007 this marks the first time since that the important conference will be held in Fort Nelson. This year's Oil and Gas Conference will be an excellent opportunity for professional networking and dialogue between the diverse groups involved with, and affected by, the petroleum industry.

The Canada-British Columbia Building Canada Fund – Communities Component is a federal-provincial program that addresses the unique infrastructure needs of both rural and urban communities with populations of less than 100,000.

Through this unprecedented Building Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is providing long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada supports a stronger, safer and better country.

Since October 2008, over $5.6 billion has been committed by the province to over 900 infrastructure projects in British Columbia, which are estimated to create more than 36,000 jobs over the life of the projects.

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For more information contact:

Jaime Burke
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: (604) 666-1318

Ryan Shotton
Communications Officer
Government Caucus of British Columbia
Telephone: (250) 387-1539
ryan.shotton@leg.bc.ca

Jaylene Arnold
Economic Development and Tourism Officer
Northern Rockies Regional Municipality - BC's First!
Telephone: (250) 774-2541 ext. 2045
jarnold@northernrockies.ca

 

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