Federal Government Invests in Improvements for Palliser Regional Library system

February 25, 2013


Moose Jaw, SK – Today, Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support for the Moose Jaw-based Palliser Regional Library system under the Harper Government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

“Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities across Canada,” said MP Boughen. “By making these investments in local infrastructure, we are helping boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians.”

The Harper Government’s investment of $26,167 will enhance the services provided by the Palliser Regional Library’s Moose Jaw Headquarters and will create jobs. Upgrades to the building will include:

  • Repurposing and enlarging of the publically-accessible computer lab/video-conferencing facility, which also serves as a training room;
  • The creation of a wheelchair-accessible main floor washroom;
  • The replacement of the front door;
  • Insulation of the walls;
  • The building of new offices; as well as
  • The reconfiguration of the reception and common areas.

Renovations to Palliser’s Regional Headquarters will improve public access and energy efficiency of the building while enhancing the experience for its patrons.

“The Palliser Regional Library Board is grateful for the support of the federal government through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund,” said Terry Gabel, board chairman. “With the growing financial demands of technology and new media in maintaining library services, we have been saving for over eight years to allow us to make these infrastructure changes.  We are very excited to see it moving forward. It will help us better serve the citizens Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan.”

The Palliser Regional Library consists of 20 branches including the Moose Jaw public library and 19 rural branches. Palliser Regional Library serves approximately 53,515 people located in 78 municipalities, which cover an area of 10,640 square miles.

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Harper Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure. Our Government committed $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating small and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.