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Federal Government Invests in Harbour Station

New ice plant chiller will help host more events 

May 30, 2014 - Saint John, NB – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Saint John’s Harbour Station Arena will benefit from a new ice plant chiller, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), joined Harbour Station Commission officials to make the announcement today.

The project includes replacing the ice plant chiller for the 6,300-seat coliseum, which will help Harbour Station increase its ice making capacity and attract even more high calibre events to the Port City. 

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is investing $81,497 under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF), while the Harbour Station Commission is contributing $126,829.

Quick Facts:

  • Harbour Station, located in downtown Saint John, is New Brunswick's centrepiece for sporting and entertainment events. With 250,000 patrons within a two-hour radius and 43 million within a one-day drive, Harbour Station is able to attract a diversity of world-class entertainment and sporting events.
  • In its 20 years of existence, Harbour Station has attracted an impressive line-up of performers, including Aerosmith, Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Elton John. It has also hosted National Basketball and NHL games and numerous world-class events such as the Ford World Curling Championships, the World Junior Figure Skating Championships and 18 Cirque du Soleil performances.
  • Since the 2005-06 hockey season, Harbour Station has been home to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. And, in 2010, it became the home of the Saint John Mill Rats of the National Basketball League of Canada.


“Our Government is pleased to support projects like this one that are helping to develop and modernize our communities.  Today’s investment will allow Harbour Station to continue to attract and host world-class events, such as the recent Ford World Women’s Curling Championships.”

    - Rodney Weston, Member of Parliament for Saint John, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

“On behalf of the Harbour Station Commission and our funding partners, the City of Saint John and Towns of Rothesay, Quispamsis and Grand Bay-Westfield, I would like to thank the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for its financial support toward replacement of the Harbour Station Chiller, which is the main component of the Ice Plant.  Over the last nine months, Harbour Station hosted two International Events (Skate Canada and the Ford World Women’s Curling Championships); and, without a new Chiller, these events would not have been possible.” 

    - Michael Caddell, General Manager of Harbour Station

Associated Links:


Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Ann Kenney
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Michael Caddell
General Manager
Harbour Station