HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL, April 4, 2018 /CNW/ - Investing in recreational infrastructure helps communities come together and stay active. The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador recognize that strategic investments in public infrastructure—including funding for recreational projects—play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.
Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, along with Bert Pomeroy, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay on behalf of Mayor Wally Andersen, announced over $25.5 million in funding for the construction of the Labrador Wellness Centre.
The Government of Canada is contributing up to $7.5 million to this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing approximately $12 million. The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is providing the balance of the funding.
Area residents will benefit from a modern, accessible facility to participate in a spectrum of sports and community programming. The centre will include a multi-purpose gymnasium, an aquatics centre as well as a fitness centre and a youth centre. It will also have an indoor walking track and offer childcare services.
Once complete, the new centre will not only support the development of local amateur athletes but also provide an active, social gathering place for the community now and for generations to come.
"Federal support for major infrastructure projects not only enhances Canadians' quality of life, but also creates well-paying jobs that can help Canadians grow and prosper. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects like Happy Valley-Goose Bay's new Labrador Wellness Centre that bring people together and help residents maintain a healthy lifestyle."
Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"This new facility will be great for the region. Our government's investment in the Labrador Wellness Centre builds on our commitment through The Way Forward to implement healthy living initiatives for residents and communities. We are pleased to work collaboratively with the Federal Government and the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay to maximize resources to contribute to achieving a healthier tomorrow."
Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
"Today's investment is the result of collaboration between the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada to improve wellness and quality of life for residents in central Labrador," said Mayor Wally Andersen. "Our Council worked diligently to bring this project to fruition, and we would like to thank the provincial and federal governments for their support of this project."
Wally Andersen, Mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $25.3 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- Today's investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in Atlantic Canada by capitalizing on global trade opportunities, attracting investments and enhancing regional productivity.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
*New* – Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Newfoundland and Labrador: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nl-eng.html
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Michelle Cannizzarro, Director of Communications, Office of the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, 709-729-3960, [email protected]; Naomi Sharpe, Public Relations & Special Events Manager, Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 709-896-3254, 896-1609, mailto:[email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]