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March 16, 2011 - Shelburne, Nova Scotia

Two projects designed to strengthen community
infrastructure and increase economic opportunities in
Shelburne and along the province’s south shore are
receiving investments by the Government of Canada.

“Our government is pleased announce funding for two
projects that will boost economic activity and promote long
term growth in this region,” said Gerald Keddy, Member of
Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the
Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue,
Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and
Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “By identifying key
areas of improvement for the region, Shelburne County will
be better positioned for growth while attracting investors
and newcomers alike.”

The first project will see the Shelburne Community Business
Development Corporation undertake a micro-climate study to
identify areas of southern Nova Scotia that may be suitable
for various new agricultural developments. A microclimate
map will be produced over a three-year period and the data
will identify specific areas suitable for various
agriculture developments.

The Government of Canada’s investment of $119,614 is
provided through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF).
The Province of Nova Scotia will provide $37,046, Agri-
Futures Association of Nova Scotia $34,718, and the
municipalities of Shelburne, Yarmouth, Queens, Lunenburg,
Argyle and Barrington a total of $31,500.

“This project will provide key data to assist in the
development of competitive, productive and sustainable
agricultural sectors in South West Nova Scotia,” said Cindy
Embree, Chair of the Shelburne Community Business
Development Corporation. “By creating a microclimate map of
the region, we are increasing our capacity to engage with
agri-industry developers, community economic development
agencies and other partners—and enhancing our knowledge-
base as a community.”

The second investment will see the Town of Shelburne
undertake a downtown revitalization that will help to
strengthen infrastructure in the community and improve its
ability to attract and retain a higher level of visitors to
the historic downtown waterfront.

The Government of Canada’s investment of $33,251 is
provided through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF).
Additional funding includes $17, 000 from the Nova Scotia
Department of Rural and Economic Development and Tourism
and $16, 251 from the Town of Shelburne.

"The government of Nova Scotia is pleased to invest in
these sustainable initiatives that have the potential to
benefit the Shelburne area for years to come," said
Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Sterling Belliveau on
behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
Minister, Percy Paris. "Through the province's economic
plan, jobsHere, we are committed to supporting economic
growth and community development in all areas of the

“The Town of Shelburne appreciates the continued support of
ACOA in funding the extension of electrical to the Town
Wharf located on Dock Street, the residing of the south
side of the Osprey Arts Centre and the re-roofing of the
local visitor information centre,” said Alan Delaney, Mayor
of the Town of Shelburne. “These projects are vital to the
attraction of facilities for the tourist coming into the
area as well as the local residents and citizens of the

Both projects were identified as a priority by Team
Southwest Nova Scotia, a committee of community and
government representatives launched in April 2010 that
works with local businesses and communities to identify and
develop strategic long-term solutions to help the economy
of Southwest Nova Scotia.


MP Gerald Keddy announced funding for two projects in
Shelburne today. One will identify areas of southern Nova
Scotia that may be suitable for various new agricultural
developments while the other will revitalize Shelburne’s
downtown core through the improvement of existing
infrastructure. The projects are receiving a total of over
$150,000 from ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund.


David Harrigan
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-4238/902- 221-1435 (cell)