2008-09-04

Government of Canada Invests in Central Interior Communities

The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is investing in three projects in British Columbia's interior communities that have been impacted by the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.

Federal funding of $658,000 was announced today by Betty Hinton, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, and the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. Funding is provided under the Community Economic Diversification Initiative (CEDI), a component of the federal Mountain Pine Beetle Program.

"The Government of Canada is committed to helping strengthen communities affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation," said MP Hinton. "These investments will support the development of new agricultural markets, business expansion and Aboriginal economic opportunities in the Central Interior."