ACADIA FIRST NATION, MI'KMAQ TERRITORY, NS, Nov. 30, 2018 /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, Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, joined Chief Deborah Robinson and members of Acadia First Nation to celebrate the completion of their Winner's World gas bar expansion. He participated in the event on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services.
The expanded Winner's World gas bar, located on Acadia First Nation Yarmouth Reserve, will provide petroleum sales, a convenience retail outlet, and licensed gaming operations. This newly expanded site will also offer improved exposure for drivers going in and out of Yarmouth, which will increase revenues and provide additional employment opportunities for community members.
Indigenous Services Canada provided $1 million for this project through the Community Opportunities Readiness Program.
"Our government was proud to partner with Acadia First Nation on the expansion of their Winner's World gas bar. This expanded site will provide new job opportunities for community members and support their economic prosperity. Congratulations to Chief Deborah Robinson and Acadia First Nation on the completion of this project."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services
"We are excited for the opening of the Winners World gas bar and what it will bring to our community and to the region," said Chief Deborah Robinson, Acadia First Nation. "It is our goal, as Chief and Council, to create economic opportunities for our people and we know that through the support of the Federal Government and our community members, Winners World will prove to be a huge success for Acadia First Nation."
Chief Deborah Robinson
Acadia First Nation
"I'm delighted to see the expansion of Acadia First Nations' Your Winners World Gas Bar. This expansion will be an economic driver and will create new jobs for Acadia First Nation. I am proud that our Government supports our First Nation communities in reaching their full potential and I look forward to more great achievements by Acadia First Nation."
Member of Parliament, West Nova
- Acadia First Nation's unique geographical composition consists of six reserves through the Southwestern regions of Nova Scotia spanning five counties from Yarmouth to Halifax. Acadia First Nation has a total registered population of 1583 people, with approximately 236 people living on reserve.
- The Community Opportunity Readiness Program (CORP) provides project-based funding to First Nations and Inuit communities for a range of activities to support their pursuit of economic opportunities.
- The expanded Winner's World moved to a site adjacent to the original facility that will provide improved exposure for drivers going in and out of Yarmouth. Previously, Winner's World operated in a smaller site back from the main road and was not readily seen by drivers.
- The project involved the construction of a new building, the installation of new tanks, the acquisition of new equipment, and the demolition of the original site.
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SOURCE Indigenous Services Canada
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