BRIDGETOWN, NS, Dec. 20, 2018 /CNW/ - Investing in recreational infrastructure helps communities come together and stay active. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia recognize that strategic investments in recreational infrastructure play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle-class and those seeking to join it.
Today, Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia and MLA for Annapolis, announced over $3.5 million in joint funding for the Bridgetown Artificial Track Complex.
The Government of Canada is investing over $1.1 million through the Small Communities Fund, with the Government of Nova Scotia providing over $2.3 million.
The Artificial Track Complex will include one artificial turf sports field, one natural grass field, an eight-lane track with jumping runways and pits, and other amenities to host provincial sports activities. This modern track and field facility will increase athletic opportunities for nearby students, residents and visitors for generations to come.
"Bridgetown is a community with a long and proud sporting history. I am pleased to see this important recreational project move forward, providing residents with more options to stay active and healthy. The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure—including funding for sports and recreation projects like this one—create growth for the middle class, and ensure that our communities remain among the best places to live, work and raise a family."
Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"We are proud of our sporting heritage in Bridgetown and the southwest region. Investing in top-quality infrastructure will help ensure youth and families continue to have opportunities to be active – recreationally and competitively – for generations to come. Support for healthier communities makes our province stronger, both socially and economically.
The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia and MLA for Annapolis
"The proposal to situate a regional track facility in Annapolis County is a visionary effort to capitalize on and enhance an existing community strength.
The Bridgetown community has always punched well above its weight in athletics. This development will provide another reason for Atlantic Canadians to visit, while providing new opportunities in active living for local youth. Studies on similar facilities in other communities demonstrate the enormous benefit they can provide both for the local economy and for local health and athletics.
As Warden of the County of Annapolis, I'd like to thank the federal and provincial governments for responding to our community needs."
Warden Timothy Habinski (Councilor for District 7) on behalf of the Municipality of the County of Annapolis
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing 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.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 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: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map
Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/ns-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-697-3778, [email protected]; Krista Higdon, Communications Advisor, Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs, 902-220-6619, [email protected]; John Ferguson, Chief Administrative Officer, 902-532-3130, [email protected]; Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]