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January 26, 2013 - Lake Charlotte, NS

Across the country, community centres, cultural centres, hockey rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects are being improved thanks to support from the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

As part of the Government’s Economic Action Plan 2012, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, today announced support for the Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie),

“Our Government is pleased to support infrastructure projects across the country like the Memory Lane Heritage Village,” said Minister MacKay. “Our government is committed to supporting Canadian families, helping to support job creation, boosting economic activity, as well as creating safe and accessible community infrastructure facilities for years to come.”

A federal investment of $35,672 will enable the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society to make site improvements at the Heritage Village , including repairs and upgrades to the interior of the "Clam Factory,” the "Homestead and Fisherman's Store,” and general building and site improvements.

“Memory Lane gives visitors a chance to stroll back in time and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of life in coastal Nova Scotia during the 1940s,” said Thea Wilson-Hammond, Executive Director, Memory Lane Heritage Village. “This work will allow us to expand and diversify the experiences we offer at the Village, so that we can better represent our rich heritage. This is a great example of all three levels of government working together to help achieve a community's goal.”

In addition to ACOA's investment, the project is also being supported with an investment of $15,750 from the Province of Nova Scotia’s Community Jobs and Facilities Improvement Fund.

“Strong communities rely on local facilities that provide a space where people can come together to share experiences and build connections that last a lifetime,” said MLA Sid Prest on behalf of Leonard Preyra, Minister of Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage. “Memory Lane Heritage Village is at the heart of the community of Lake Charlotte, providing a focal point for residents and keeping alive the history and traditions of this area.”

The Halifax Regional Municipality is also supporting this project with an investment of $12,500.

“It’s important that the social heritage of this area be preserved and promoted,” said David Hendsbee, Councillor for Preston - Chezzetcook - Eastern Shore. “This is a great infusion for it and great encouragement for the community volunteers.”

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure, committing $150 million over two years for the Fund. The Fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.

The Fund supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure that is accessible for use by the public. Recipients of the Fund may receive contributions of up to $1 million and must leverage a minimum of 50 per cent of funding from other sources. Please see the backgrounder for more information on CIIF.


As part of Economic Action Plan 2012, Defence Minister Peter MacKay today announced support for the Memory Lane Heritage Village in Lake Charlotte under the under the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

Through the fund, the Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society will receive $35,672 to make site improvements to several buildings at the Heritage Village.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is delivering the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in Atlantic Canada with an allocation of $16.6 million over two years.


For more information, contact:

Christopher Brooks
Manager, Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-4790/902- 789-5184 (cell)

Michael Noonan
Director of Communications
Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage

Thea Wilson-Hammond
Executive Director
Memory Lane Heritage Village Museum

Donna McCready
Communications Strategist
Office of the Mayor
Halifax Regional Municipality


Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), the Harper Government has committed $150 million over the next two years to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities. The Fund is being delivered by the regional development agencies across Canada.

The construction of new infrastructure and repairs to facilities that are primarily for commercial or for-profit activities are ineligible. Facilities must be accessible for use by the public and not limited to a private membership. All projects are required to be completed by March 31, 2014.

Organizations eligible to apply for funding under CIIF include:

• local or regional governments or related agencies;
• provincial entities that provide municipal-type services to communities;
• non-profit organizations; and
• First Nation governments, including Band or Tribal Councils or their legally-designated representatives.

Examples of the type of community infrastructure that can be supported under CIIF include:

• community centres;
• cultural centres;
• parks;
• libraries;
• recreational facilities (e.g. local arenas, swimming pools, sports fields, and other types of recreational facilities);
• tourism facilities having a local impact; and
• other existing community infrastructure assets which have a local community impact such as connectivity and broadband and local airports.

Assessment Criteria

a) Projects must meet the following mandatory requirements:

• fall under one of the eligible project categories;
• be for the rehabilitation or repair, including expansion, of community infrastructure assets;
• leverage a minimum of 50 per cent of funding from other sources; and
• be materially completed by March 31, 2014.

b) Projects that meet the eligibility requirements above will be assessed based on the following:

• project readiness;
• capacity to be materially completed by March 31, 2014;
• the extent to which other funding is leveraged; and
• anticipated economic benefits, including the potential for job creation.

Application Process

Proposals will be considered until such time as funds are fully committed. Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to do so early. For more information on the CIIF program, contact the ACOA office nearest you.

o New Brunswick: 1-800-561-4030
o Prince Edward Island: 1-800-871-2596
o Newfoundland and Labrador: 1-800-668-1010
o Nova Scotia: 1-800-565-1228
o Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation: 1-800-705-3926
o ACOA Head Office: 1-800-561-7862

For more information, please refer to ACOA’s website at