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HARPER GOVERNMENT STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE ACROSS THE COUNTRY

 

January 08, 2013 - Bridgewater, NS

Across the country, community centres, cultural centres, hockey rinks, swimming pools, and other community projects will soon be 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, Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), today announced support for four projects in Bridgewater and surrounding areas under the Fund.  

“Our Government is focused on what matters to Canadians – creating jobs and growth,” said Mr. Keddy. “Through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Program, our Government continues to support communities across the country. These investments will serve to enhance the experience and services of Bridgewater and Lunenburg County and will support the creation of jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity.”  

The Government of Canada’s combined investment of $150,875 will support upgrades to four community facilities.  

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is receiving $26,000 for upgrades to the Saw Pit Wharf Park property, located in Garden Lots, including the installation of a zero-footprint wharf, a safe access wharf, additional parking, a trail connecting the parking area to the wharf, upgrades to access ramps and the completion of solar lighting enhancements.  

“These important upgrades to the Saw Pit Wharf Park property will enable the Municipality to meet public demand for increased access to recreational facilities,” said Errol Knickle, Councillor for the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.  

The Bridgewater Marina Association is receiving $51,000 for upgrades to the Mariner’s Landing and Bridgewater Marina facilities, including walking paths, landscaping, seating, safe boat slips, floating docks, a sewage dumping station, lighting, access to drinking water, laundry facilities, washrooms and showers.  

“This expansion of infrastructure will allow for greater access and enhanced use of recreational boating and marina services for community members and for boaters visiting the area,” said Rob Keevill, Chair of the Bridgewater Marina Association.  

The South Shore Fieldhouse Society is receiving $48,000 for upgrades to the HB Studios Sports Centre, including renovations to changing and restroom areas, improvements to heating and ventilation, conversion of lighting to a more eco-friendly option and upgrades to meeting and seminar rooms.  

“The additional facilities that these funds will provide will enhance the experiences of new and existing users as our programs expand and as new programs begin,” said Doug Quinn, President of the South Shore Fieldhouse Society.  

The Bay to Bay Trail Association is receiving $25,875 for upgrades to 11 kilometres of Trail between Mahone Bay and Lunenburg. The work will include new surface material for rough sections, new signage and safety upgrades to accommodate increased cyclist usage and to meet the “Destination Trail” criteria of the Province of Nova Scotia.  

The Province of Nova Scotia is supporting tourism, economic, and community development in the Lunenburg area with an investment of $17,000. The Bay to Bay Trail Association will use the funding to make a variety of improvements to the trail  

“Enhancing the Bay to Bay Trail will allow residents and visitors to explore and enjoy Nova Scotia’s natural beauty as it connects the tourism destinations of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay,” said Lunenburg West MLA Gary Ramey on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “Providing higher quality experiences help us to attract more first-time visitors, including outdoor enthusiasts, and encourage them to stay longer, growing Nova Scotia’s economy and benefiting all Nova Scotians.”  

“This trail will be a great benefit to local residents, visitors and businesses because it adds value to our communities, especially for tourists who are visiting this beautiful area,” said Alan Altass, Secretary of the Bay to Bay Trail Association.  

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.      


FOR BROADCAST USE:  

As part of Economic Action Plan 2012, MP Gerald Keddy today announced $150,875 in support for infrastructure projects in Bridgewater and surrounding areas under the Government of Canada’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.  

The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is receiving $26,000 for upgrades to the Saw Pit Wharf Park property; the Bridgewater Marina Association is receiving $51,000 for upgrades to the Mariner’s Landing and Bridgewater Marina facilities; the South Shore Fieldhouse Society is receiving $48,000 for upgrades to the HB Studios Sports Centre and the Bay to Bay Trail Association is receiving $25,875 for upgrades to the Trail.  

The Province of Nova Scotia is investing $17,000 in the Bay to Bay Trail project through Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism’s Tourism Destination Development Program.  

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.      

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For more information, contact:

Alex Smith
Director, Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell)
Email: Alex.smith@acoa-apeca.gc.ca   

Tina Thibeau
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
902-424-5086
Email: thibeatd@gov.ns.ca   

Tammy Wilson
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of the District of Bridgewater
902-541-1320
Email: twilson@modl.ca   

Ida Scott
Secretary/Director
Bridgewater Marina Association
902-527-6278 / 902-521-7878 (cell)
Email: manager@smartbridgewater.ca   

Doug Quinn
President
South Shore Fieldhouse Society
902-688-1921
Email: dquinn01@BWR.eastlink.ca   

Laura Barkhouse
Trails and Space Coordinator (Bay to Bay Trail)
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
902-541-1352
Email: lbarkhouse@modl.ca  


BACKGROUNDER
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

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 www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca.