Kitscoty gets funding boost for local infrastructure

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August 4, 2015 8:15 AM

The Village of Kitscoty will be receiving some government funding to go towards local infrastructure projects in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation.

The money comes as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Project and will see $128,230 go towards the upgrade and extension of the village’s walking trails as well as the installation of new playground equipment.

“Our government has made infrastructure improvements a key part of our plan to create jobs for the long term prosperity for Canadians through the creation of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program,” said Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright. “We’re providing significant support for projects that benefit our communities right across this country. This project is a fantastic way to help communities across Canada to celebrate the 150th anniversary of confederation.”

Benoit says the federal government is proud to stand with institutions like the Village of Kitscoty that play a vital role in supporting and strengthening the overall economy, stating that Canada isn’t a country that is built with a central federal government doing things across the country, but a country that is built community by community.

The walking trails in Kitscoty are an important part of community life, Benoit says, that better the health and well-being of residents.

“That’s why our government remains focused on delivering programs that have a long lasting and positive impact on both our small towns and our cities. Facilities such as Kitscoty’s walking trails are important. They’re important to the residents of Kitscoty and they’re important to keeping people healthier community by community across the country.”

Kitscoty Mayor Daryl Frank says this kind of funding is important because as a small community, they struggle due to their main tax base coming from residents. Because of this reduced tax base, smaller communities have to focus mostly on core services and have little left over for infrastructure projects like the walking trails.

“But a project like this, we have it always in the backs of our minds that we want to do this. We want to expand and improve our trails and when we get money like this it allows us to accelerate this project,” said Frank. “It’ll move this one ahead greatly and Leon explained what our project was and with this it will be a tangible and beneficial way of expressing Canada’s 150th birthday and a celebration for the village residents as well.”

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