News Release: Sparwood Arena and Curling Rink Receives Major Upgrade

Sparwood, British Columbia – The Sparwood Arena and Curling Club will soon benefit from an energy retrofit to replace an aging and inefficient heating system. This project will receive $757,752 from the Government of Canada through the Gas Tax Fund transfer

“Building clean energy infrastructure is an investment in the economic prosperity and long-term sustainability of Sparwood,” said David Wilks, Member of Parliament for Kootenay—Columbia. “Our Government is proud to be a partner in this environmentally friendly initiative that will create jobs, strengthen the local economy and support the growing needs of the community.”

This innovative project will replace six natural gas furnaces and two natural gas hot water heaters with a high efficiency heating system. The new system will use high efficiency heat pumps to capture the waste heat and distribute it to the facility. The retrofit will also include the installation of high efficiency natural gas boilers and a solar ambient heating system. Greenhouse gas emissions from the facility will be reduced and annual energy consumption will decrease. The total cost of the project is $869,752, with the balance funded by the District of Sparwood.

“The Arena and Curling Club retrofit is vital to helping Sparwood reach its GHG emission reduction target of 2 tonnes per capita by 2020,” said Sparwood Mayor Lois Halko. “This work will be a major enhancement to the operation of our facilities.”

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“Aging infrastructure generally means higher operational costs for communities, so projects that improve efficiency are a good investment,” said UBCM President Mary Sjostrom. “Recreational centres are the heart of our communities, so I am glad to see these improvements coming to Sparwood's arena."

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented investments in infrastructure. Through the Gas Tax Fund alone, municipalities across the country have received over $10 billion in transfers for local priority initiatives. Making this fund permanent at $2billion annually was part of Canada's Economic Action Plan – a plan to help create good jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity.

Between 2007 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.48billion from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

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

To find out what the Government of Canada is doing to promote jobs, growth and prosperity, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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For more information:

Genevieve Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

Terry Melcer
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Sparwood
250 425-6271

Matt Gordon
Communications Director
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
250-953-3677

Paul Taylor
Relationships and Communications Advisor
UBCM
250-356-2938

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

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