TOBIQUE FIRST NATION, MALISEET TERRITORY, NB, May 23, 2019 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the economic growth of First Nations communities through investments that create jobs and promote prosperity.
Today, MP TJ Harvey, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, visited Tobique First Nation and toured the site where the community is renovating and expanding the Maliseet Gas Bar and Convenience Store.
Once complete, the expansion will offer customers an enhanced location, additional shopping options and convenient services while creating additional employment opportunities both during the construction and beyond.
Funding in support of this project was provided through the Community Opportunity Readiness Program (CORP) of Indigenous Services Canada, which provides project-based funding to First Nations and Inuit communities for a range of activities such as feasibility studies and business plans, establishment of community-owned businesses, and economic infrastructure development.
"Congratulations to Chief Ross Perley and Tobique First Nation on the expansion of the Maliseet Gas Bar and Convenience Store. It is always exciting to see a community-led project that is further developing a successful business, while also adding service convenience and employment opportunities for the community."
The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services
"It's great to see this project go forward for the community of Tobique. I congratulate Chief Perley and his office on the work that has gone into this project as well as the community members involved. I look forward to seeing the economic development spin off for the community and increased employment opportunities through construction and operation of the Maliseet Gas Bar and Convenience Store.''
Thomas J. (TJ) Harvey, M.P.
Member of Parliament, Tobique-Mactaquac
"The Tobique First Nation is thankful for the support for this project by Minister O'Regan and our MP TJ Harvey. The Maliseet gas bar is essential in our community for the economy, jobs, goods and travel. This expansion and modernization project has solidified its success for future generations."
Chief Ross Perley
Tobique First Nation
- Tobique First Nation is a Maliseet community located on the north side of the Tobique River in New Brunswick. Tobique is the largest of the Wolastoqiyik and Maliseet Nation reserves in New Brunswick with a population of approximately 2513.
- The Maliseet Gas Bar and Convenience store will re-open in Fall 2019.
- Indigenous Services Canada is investing $399,300 in the project through the Community Opportunity Readiness Program.
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SOURCE Indigenous Services Canada
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