HILLSBOROUGH, NB, Aug. 8, 2018 /CNW/ - Investing in recreational infrastructure helps communities come together and stay active. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick recognize that strategic investments in infrastructure—including funding for recreational projects—play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.
Today, Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Cathy Rogers, Regional minister for Greater Moncton and southeastern New Brunswick, and His Worship Barry Snider, Mayor of Hillsborough announced joint funding to upgrade the Hillsborough Arena.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each contributing over $500,000, to this project through the Small Communities Fund, representing two-thirds of the estimated $1.5 million total project cost.
The Hillsborough Arena is approximately 40 years old and in need of significant upgrades. The contributions announced today will be used to replace the ice refrigeration system, install new rink boards, glass, and netting. The upgrades also include a new roof and general electrical upgrades.
Once complete, friends and families in the Village of Hillsborough will be able to participate in community activities and connect with one another in a safe and modern space.
"The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects like the Hillsborough Arena that bring people together and help residents maintain a healthy lifestyle. Investments in public infrastructure projects not only enhances Canadians' quality of life, but also creates good, well-paying jobs that help Canadian communities grow and prosper."
Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Through our investment in community-based assets like the Hillsborough Arena, we are paving the path to long-term economic and social prosperity and growth for the community. We are committed to getting things done in areas that are a priority for all New Brunswickers. These investments will have a lasting positive impact on the quality of life of all residents."
Cathy Rogers, Regional minister for Greater Moncton and southeastern New Brunswick
"Our arena is a Center point for our community and the surrounding area; it's a place where players and fans enjoy winter sports and friendships. We are very excited about this announcement, as receiving this funding is the difference between us keeping the arena open and closing the doors."
Barry Snider, Mayor of Hillsborough
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, 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.
- This investment complements the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
- Skilled workforce/Immigration;
- Clean growth and climate change;
- Trade and investment;
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Federal infrastructure investments in New Brunswick:
Atlantic Growth Strategy:
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-301-0894, [email protected]; Anthony Doiron, Communications Officer, Department of Environment and Local Government, 506-444-2447, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]