CAPE BRETON, NS, Aug. 10, 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.
Today, Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton–Canso, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business, Service Nova Scotia and Trade on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter; and Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality announced close to $10 million in joint funding to upgrade the Glace Bay Arena.
The governments of Canada, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Regional Municipality are each contributing $3,250,000 to this project.
This project consists of installing new refrigeration equipment, expanding the ice surface, and replacing the roof. Once completed, families, friends and visitors alike will be able to participate in skating activities and ice sports in a safe and comfortable community space.
"Recreational facilities like the Glace Bay Arena play a key role in promoting healthy, active lifestyles while encouraging local economic activity. The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure—including funding for sports and recreation projects like this one—will create growth for the middle class and ensure that our communities will remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family."
Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton–Canso, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Upgrading community infrastructure is important to ensuring that our municipalities remain healthy and vibrant," said Business and Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter. "We're pleased to work in partnership with the federal government and our municipalities to invest this money in the Glace Bay Arena."
Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business, Service Nova Scotia and Trade on behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter
"We've worked with the local community for several years to make this day happen. I want to thank our partners in the provincial and federal government for their contribution, but mostly I want to express my appreciation for the people of Glace Bay and surrounding area who fought hard to ensure the community will enjoy recreation and sporting activities for years to come."
Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality
- 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.
- 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;
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ns-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-301-0894, [email protected]; Krista Higdon, Nova Scotia Municipal Affairs, 902-722-1461, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]