GUYSBOROUGH, NS, April 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Investing in recreational infrastructure helps communities come together and supports active lifestyles. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia recognize that strategic investments in recreational infrastructure—including funding for local sports facilities—play a key role in supporting dynamic and healthy communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.
Today, Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton–Canso, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lloyd Hines, Nova Scotia Minister of Natural Resources and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie announced $3 million in joint federal-provincial funding for the construction of the new Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex. Municipality of the District of Guysborough Warden Vernon Pitts, also participated in the event.
Residents of Guysborough and neighboring communities will benefit from the construction of a new multi-purpose lifestyle centre featuring a gymnasium, an indoor fitness centre, and multi-use meeting and event spaces. The surrounding outdoor grounds will offer a soccer field, a four-lane running track, spectator seating, and a refrigerated shinny rink, and a 900 foot refrigerated skating trail.
The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are each contributing $1.5 million to this project under the Small Communities Fund. The municipality is providing the remainder of the cost.
"Recreational infrastructure helps make our communities places where families can have fun and where communities can gather together. Our government is proud to be making important investments, like the one we're announcing today in Guysborough, that promote active lifestyles and provide residents with the opportunity to engage in a variety of sports all year round, all while fostering economic growth and creating good middle class jobs. "
Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton–Canso, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"There is no question that solid, reliable infrastructure is the foundation for building a healthy and vibrant province. Investing in projects like the new Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex helps build and maintain strong communities. This complex is truly unique, and will promote healthy and active living for residents and visitors. I couldn't be more pleased to announce funding for this project."
The Honourable Lloyd Hines, Nova Scotia Minister of Natural Resources and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie
"The Municipality of the District of Guysborough wishes to thank the Provincial and Federal Governments for their investment in our 'one of a kind' recreation project that will benefit MODG residents of all ages. The Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex will provide active lifestyle opportunities for area residents for decades to come. It's a proud day for our Municipality."
Vernon Pitts, Warden of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- Budget 2017 proposes $21.9 billion to support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- The Small Communities Fund (SCF) is a joint federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories. The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to help them acquire infrastructure that can enhance their cultural, sports, recreational, and tourism assets or safeguard public property.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ns-eng.html
Small Communities Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, Brook.Simpson@canada.ca; Carley Sampson, Media Relations Advisor, Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs, 902-478-9203, firstname.lastname@example.org; Barry Carroll, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipality of the District of Guysborough, 902-870-0121, email@example.com; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, firstname.lastname@example.org