RICHIBUCTO, NB, June 15, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick recognize that strategic investments in public infrastructure are vital to building dynamic, healthy communities and creating good middle-class jobs.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Donald Arseneault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and Minister Responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, announced $6.6 million in joint federal-provincial funding for a new sports and recreation facility in the Town of Richibucto.
The Kent North Center will be a multifunctional facility with a skating rink, walking track, double gymnasium and exercise room. Once complete, residents of all ages from Richibucto and the surrounding areas will benefit from year-round access to diverse recreational offerings in a modern, community-driven space.
"Good recreational infrastructure helps build inclusive communities where families can have fun and spend time together. Projects to build new public sports infrastructure like the Kent North Center not only provide residents with opportunities to stay fit and healthy, they also support economic growth and the creation of good middle-class jobs."
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Beauséjour, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Our government's investment in this strategic recreational infrastructure project will stimulate the economy and create jobs. Plus, once the centre is complete, it will enhance the quality of life for families in Richibucto and the region of Kent North."
The Honourable Donald Arseneault, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour and Minister Responsible for the Regional Development Corporation
"The Town Council of Richibucto is very pleased with this announcement for the economic and social development of the Town of Richibucto and the region. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our elected representatives on the federal and provincial levels, and in particular the Honorable Dominique LeBlanc, our Member of Parliament, and his provincial colleague, Bertrand LeBlanc. This project will garner pride and enthusiasm, and we are certain it will contribute to the economic development of the region."
Roger Doiron, Mayor of Richibucto
- This funding is part of the first phase of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's historic plan to support public infrastructure across the country.
- 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.
- The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each contributing $3.3 million to this project through the Small Communities Fund, under the New Building Canada Fund. The Town of Richibucto will also provide $3.3 million, bringing the total municipal-provincial-federal investment to $9.9 million.
- Budget 2017 proposes $21.9 billion to support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- These investments complement 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;
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 New Brunswick: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nb-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund–Small Communities Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Bruce Macfarlane, Communications, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4583, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]