FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2013
Wai Young, Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, today announced that the...
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Vancouver. Today, on behalf of the Government of Canada, I am pleased to announce a federal investment of $2.5 million for the Killarney Seniors Centre," said MP Young. "Seniors, who have given so much to our country, deserve a top-notch facility. Located in the heart of our diverse community, this Seniors Centre will improve the quality of life for seniors from all backgrounds, and provide an accessible space for recreation and socialization."
I, The Government of Canada will contribute up to one-half of total eligible costs, to a maximum of $2.5 million towards this project through the Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component.
This funding is conditional on the project meeting applicable federal eligibility requirements with respect to the Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement.
Since 2011, MP Wai Young has worked to engage stakeholders and advocate for the Killarney Seniors Centre in both Ottawa and Victoria, as well as in our community.
"I want to thank the thousands of constituents who signed petitions, participated in roundtables and meetings with me, and made their voices heard," commented MP Young. "Now, with both the federal and provincial governments delivering their funding, it is up to the City to deliver on their commitment to
build this centre."
The Government of Canada is focused on building a strong economy for families and communities.
Today's investment into the Killarney Seniors Centre will help to build a stronger community here in
Media regarding this recent announcement:
• Vancouver Courier, January 7, 2014
• Vancouver Courier, January 9, 2014
Some background on this ongoing project:
South Vancouver is home to a rapidly growing population of over 25,000 seniors (65 years of age and older), one-third of the seniors' population in Vancouver.
There are currently nine seniors' centres in Vancouver, but none of them are located in the Southeast quadrant of the city.
The City of Vancouver committed $2.5 million, and the Government of BC committed $1.3 million towards this project. The Government of Canada will contribute $2.5 million.
The completed expansion to the Killarney Community Centre will be a 10,000-square-foot facility, and will provide services, programs, and activities for older adults of diverse cultures.
To keep in touch and/or to volunteer towards the building of a new Seniors Centre to be built in Southeast Vancouver, contact Lorna Gibbs at the Southeast Vancouver Seniors Arts & Cultural Society (SVSACS) at www.svsacs.org.
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