Government of Canada Supporting Community Infrastructure in Atlantic Canada
Monday, July 20, 2015 Bridgewater, NS Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre will be improved thanks in part to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding announced today by PS Gerald Keddy on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA).
The Government of Canada has approved a contribution of $70,583 for the Lunenburg County Multi-Purpose Centre Corporation to complete infrastructure improvements to its arena, pool, and surveillance system. This funding is part of the up to $16.6 million in funding allocated for projects in Atlantic Canada under CIP 150, announced earlier this year by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The improvements will enhance the dehumidification system and ice making facility in the arena; the filtration system and office climate control in the aquatic centre; and the building’s surveillance system. The work will help the centre maintain its operations and sustainability, providing a quality experience for centre users and Lunenburg County residents.
The national Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is providing up to $150 million over two years to support projects that rehabilitate, renovate and expand existing public infrastructure for communities. It is part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.
In Atlantic Canada, CIP 150 is administered through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
- The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre is the largest community centre in southern Nova Scotia.
- The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity in communities across Canada.
- Infrastructure investments are a proven, effective means of boosting economic activity and enhancing the quality of life for Canadian families.
- Projects that will be supported by the program will be chosen based on assessment criteria including construction-readiness and public benefit, the extent to which funding is leveraged from other sources and linkages to Canada 150.
- Total federal government funding will be a maximum of 50 per cent of the total eligible costs for projects in Atlantic Canada.
- The Government of Canada’s contributions are contingent on the execution of contribution agreements with recipients.
- Selected projects are expected to be completed by March 31, 2018.
“The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a time to celebrate the places across this great country that unite and connect us – our parks, trails, cultural and community centres and more. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will have a lasting impact in Atlantic Canada and will ensure residents, such as those here in Lunenburg County, have access to improved community spaces.”
- Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA)
“Planned improvements to our new centre will help ensure the building’s longevity and sustainability well into the future. With today’s announcement, our equipment and operations are on track to accommodate the high volumes of people that visit the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre on a regular basis.”
- Andrew Tanner, Chair, Lunenburg County Multi-Purpose Centre Corporation