The Royal Canadian Legion’s (RCL) mission is to serve retired veterans, currently serving military, RCMP members and their families; to promote remembrance and to serve community and country. With support from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150), the RCL Branch No. 9, in Kensington, PEI will move to a new location enabling it to provide full barrier-free accessibility to patrons and better serve its members and the general public, while improving overall operational efficiencies.
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), today joined Legion officials and members of the community to announce funding support.
Through CIP 150, the Government of Canada will support the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 9 with a $250,000 contribution to help the organization in its efforts to modernize and expand. The Legion will contribute $266,450 towards this project.
In Atlantic Canada, CIP 150 is administered through ACOA.
“This year, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it is important to recognize and properly care for community infrastructure that serves to bring us together as Canadians. CIP 150 was designed to help revitalize existing community facilities across Canada, making them available for many years to come.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
“I am pleased to announce this support from the Government of Canada for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 9. The work being carried out at the Garden Drive location will benefit Legion members, the facility’s tenants, and the general public. This project is a fine example of how CIP 150 is helping groups across Canada create a lasting legacy.”
- Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque
“The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 9 in Kensington was formed in 1933, and has served the community with pride from its Victoria Street location since 1954. It is now time to change our infrastructure. Since purchasing the Lions Club building on Garden Drive, we have been planning this strategic infrastructure project, and thanks in part to this Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program contribution, we can now move forward to realize our plans to relocate our Legion. This newly renovated facility will provide barrier-free accessibility for all, create unique recognitions for veterans and their contributions throughout history, and serve as a gathering point for community groups like the Legion's Ladies Auxiliary, the Kensington Lions Club and others."
- Lieutenant Colonel S. Dennis Hopping, OMM, CD (Retired)
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