PETIT-ROCHER, NB, April 4, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and New Brunswick recognize that strategic investments in public infrastructure, including funding for community centres, play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.
Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie–Bathurst, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Serge Rousselle, Minister of Environment and Local Government, along with Mylène Ouellet-LeBlanc, President of the Comité permanent de développement du Juvénat, today announced more than $2.6 million in joint funding to upgrade the Madisco Complex in Petit-Rocher, as part of the greater vision to transform it into La Maison de l'Acadie, a community complex with services to Francophones and Acadians in New Brunswick.
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each contributing $895,333 for the improvement project through the Small Communities Fund. The Comité permanent de développement du Juvénat Inc. will provide the balance of the funding.
The contributions will be used to add emergency exits, modernize the heating and ventilation system and other necessary improvements to better serve the community organizations housed in the complex and their visitors.
Once complete, friends and families in the Petit-Rocher region 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 Maison de l'Acadie community complex 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."
Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie–Bathurst, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Your government understands how important creating jobs, growing the economy, and securing health care and education are to New Brunswickers and their families. New Brunswickers want their government to make investments to help the economy and our investment in the Maison de l'Acadie will help strengthen and improve the quality of life of the local francophone and Acadian communities."
The Honourable Serge Rousselle, Minister of Environment and Local Government
"Investments like this one are important for the community. Improvements to the building will allow provincial groups such as the Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick, the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Société des Jeux de l'Acadie to keep their offices in northern New Brunswick. In addition, regional centres that offer essential services will be better able to properly welcome the members of the community who come to the building every day."
Mylène Ouellet-LeBlanc, President of the Comité permanent de développement du Juvénat and tenant of the Complexe Madisco
- 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 New Brunswick: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nb-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]; Bruce Macfarlane, Communications, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4583, [email protected]; Mylène Ouellet-Leblanc, President, Comité permanent de développement du Juvénat, 506-544-1064, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]