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Six communities receive money for Canada’s 150th birthday

In order to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, six projects in the peace have received some funding. The Federal Government provided $400,000 through different funding. This is through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, Canada 150 Fund, and Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi was in the region for the announcement.

“We are focusing on four areas for our celebration like celebrating young people, celebrating diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with indigenous people, and protecting our environment.”

The city of Grande Prairie received close to $20,000 to put towards the feasibility study for the Performing and Media Arts Centre set to be in the downtown. Mayor Bill Given says it does more than bring the region closer to the facility.

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“It’s great to see the government recognizing the needs of mid-sized cities, specifically in Alberta. In the past, the views have been that funds for infrastructure or attention have gone to the large urban centres rather than places like Grande Prairie.”

Beaverlodge and Wembley were also among those other places receiving money for the anniversary. Wembley received money for a playground upgrade in their Sunset Park. Mayor of Wembley Chris Turnmire says the $50,000 is welcome in their community.

“It is timely because all playgrounds need to be kept to a certain code. This money will help bring it up to code and make it a class playground. We just want it to be safe and modern.”

Beaverlodge will get light upgrades in their pool. Beaverlodge Councillor Judy Kokotilo-Bekkerus says the $95,000 will enhance the facility.

Deadwood, Rainbow Lake, and High Level all received a portion of the $400,000 as well.

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