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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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NORTH BATTLEFORD CELEBRATES NEW COMPLEX

Funding partners, facility managers, donors, and residents gathered today to mark the official opening of the new Credit Union CUplex.

This four-component facility includes the Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts, the Northland Power Curling Centre, the NATIONSWEST Field House, and the Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre.

“Our government is proud to support a venue where our citizens can actively participate in the community,” said Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Member of Parliament for Battlefords-Lloydminster.  “Infrastructure investments are an important driver of economic growth and job creation and this facility will undoubtedly be an excellent addition here in North Battleford.”

”The CUplex is a great marriage of recreational and cultural facilities and is a testament to the vision and determination of the project’s many supporters,” Battlefords MLA Herb Cox said, on behalf of the Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter and Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Kevin Doherty.  “Through our Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, we are committed to making vital infrastructure investments that improve the quality of life in our communities.”

“It is evident to me that the Credit Union CUplex has already become a gathering place for the people of North Battleford,” North Battleford Mayor Ian Hamilton said.  “With its broad range of healthy programs and culture, the CUplex is not only attracting residents, but also people from surrounding communities.  We are very proud of this facility and thankful to all who have contributed to it.”

“The communities we serve are the cornerstones of our organization,” Innovation Credit Union CEO Dan Johnson said.  “That’s why when we were approached to help sponsor a multiplex, we saw it as an opportunity to foster growth and development in the Battlefords - a way to enhance the lives of its residents.”

The Credit Union CUplex was made possible thanks to funding commitments from various levels of government and community fundraising.  The Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts benefitted from a total of $14 million in joint funding from all levels of government  through the Government of Canada’s Provincial-Territorial Base Fund.  As well, the Government of Canada committed approximately $2.5 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund toward the complex’s energy conservation system.

The Government of Saskatchewan contributed $7 million to the project through its Building Communities Program and another $1.4 million through the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program, as well as a commitment of $900,000 under its Infrastructure Growth Initiative Recreation Pilot Program.  Further, including their contributions toward the Dekker Centre component, the City of North Battleford committed $10 million toward the overall cost of the $59 million complex, the Rural Municipality of North Battleford pledged $175,000, and the community fundraising group “Raise the Roof” contributed $10 million.

Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 is delivering a New Building Canada Plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure in co-operation with provinces, territories and municipalities.  Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership and their strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries.  Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 910,000 net new jobs created since July 2009.  The New Building Canada Plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, supports Canada's infrastructure advantage, a key enabler of economic growth and job creation.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

For more information on the programs and services offered at the Credit Union CUplex, visit www.cityofnb.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Brayden Akers
Office of the Minister of State (Transport)
Ottawa
Phone: 613-991-0700 

Bob Ellis
Government Relations
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2709
Email: robert.ellis@gov.sk.ca

Mike Halstead
City of North Battleford
Phone: 306-445-1710 

Infrastructure Canada
Phone: 613-960-9251

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