MP Harold Albrecht Announces Important Investment through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

St. Jacobs
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today announced that the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society will receive funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

The Harper Government has approved up to $66,000 for a total project cost of up to $220,000 for the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society to construct a heritage replica train station at the St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market.

This announcement is one of many for projects approved through the program that will improve and preserve community spaces across southern Ontario, with the aim of giving back to Canadians and creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The Program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing facilities.

The contribution is contingent on the execution of a contribution agreement with the recipient.

“Our Government, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, is demonstrating its continued support for communities across the country. I’m pleased that this project will benefit residents across Waterloo Region, bringing together the young and young at heart to experience our railway history.” – Harold Albrecht, MP Kitchener-Conestoga

“We thank Harold Albrecht for making us aware of the opportunity to apply for the Canada 150 grant. The grant will go a long way to assist in the construction of a heritage replica train station at the St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market opening next year. Our mission is to keep railway history alive as witnessed by our 1923 steam locomotive Engine Number 9.” – Norm Etheridge, President, Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society.