On Saturday, Brandon-Souris Conservative MP Merv Tweed, on behalf of the Lynne Yelich, minister of state for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for the Melita and Area Arena under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
“This facility is at the heart of Melita’s recreation activities and is an important gathering place for people of all ages,” said Tweed. “By improving facilities such as this, our government is continuing to support communities across Canada and encouraging long-term prosperity.”
With federal funding of $248,500, the Melita and Area Arena will install a new ice plant, glass, rink boards and will make improvements to the viewing area. These upgrades will improve the current facility and make the arena more accessible and safer for people of all ages.
“On behalf of the Melita and Area Arena Board, I would like to sincerely thank the federal government for the assistance provided by the CIIF program. The replacement of the ice plant, arena boards and plexi-glass brings to a close phase two of our three phase project,” said Glenn Vercaigne of the Melita and Area Arena board. “This project, when complete, will help us increase revenue, decrease operating costs and serve the community for years to come.”
CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public.
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.