Government of Canada supports updates to community centres through CIP 150 program
October 12, 2017 – South Rustico, PE – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Community centres are vital resources to rural communities, providing essential daily services and programming, as well as gathering space for recreation activities, community organizations, and special events. The Government of Canada knows that investing in social infrastructure is essential to strengthening rural Atlantic Canada, supporting local economic activity and improving quality of life for all residents. That’s why the federal government is providing more than $116,000 to three community groups on PEI’s north shore to renovate existing community assets.
The Honourable Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), joined representatives from the three community organizations today to make the announcement.
The federal funding will support the following three projects:
- $56,818 to the Community of North Shore to install a more cost-effective heating and cooling system at the community centre;
- $30,000 to the Cymbria Lions Club for improvements to the community centre, including exterior updates, new signage, and resurfacing the parking lot; and,
- $30,000 to the North Rustico Lions Club to update the community centre’s interior and exterior and improve accessibility of the parking lot.These investments are being allocated under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150), a $300‑million fund that was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through investments in the community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, up to $33.2 million is being invested in Atlantic Canada.
“This investment is a community-building project to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. And there’s no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. That’s how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces.”The Honourable Navdeep BainsMinister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“It is a privilege to meet the dedicated volunteers behind great community projects in rural areas of our province. I am pleased to be able to announce CIP 150 support from the Government of Canada that will go towards improving community centres in the north shore of PEI. Your organizations are the backbone of healthy communities, and updating these worthwhile resources is key to supporting your missions.”The Honourable Wayne EasterMember of Parliament for Malpeque