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February 19, 2013 - St. Stephen, NB

Representatives of the federal and provincial governments, along with representatives of the Town of St. Stephen, participated today in an event to announce additional funding for the new Garcelon Civic Centre, which is currently under construction.  

John Williamson, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), New Brunswick Premier David Alward, and John Quartermain, Mayor of St. Stephen, took part in the funding announcement and construction site tour.

“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to focus on job creation, economic growth and long term prosperity,” said MP Williamson. “Investments in projects like the Garcelon Civic Centre help provide important services to the community and businesses, strengthen the local economy and improve the quality of life for residents.”

“Creating opportunities for employment and healthy living are important parts of our plan to rebuild New Brunswick,” said Premier David Alward. “Once completed, this project will be the result of a strong partnership between governments and the people of this region to build the economy and enhance the quality of life in St-Stephen and in communities throughout Charlotte County and our friends in northeastern Maine.”

This significant project involves the construction of a new multi-purpose community facility, which will be used to host a variety of events such as meetings, seminars, training and sporting events, as well as cultural and tourism festivals. The new Garcelon Civic Centre will include six components; multi-purpose rooms, a reception area, a full-sized ice surface, a walking and jogging track, a 25-metre training and leisure pool and a therapeutic swimming pool.

“As Mayor of our great Town, I want to thank our federal and provincial governments for their support in the capital cost of our civic center project,” said John Quartermain, Mayor of St. Stephen.  “Your confidence and investment in our community will build a hub for commerce and recreational activities for our residents (including our Charlotte County and American neighbors). The Town of St. Stephen will continue to partner and collaborate with stakeholders to strengthen the social and economic well-being of our Town.”

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, and the Province of New Brunswick are today announcing an additional $2 million in this project. This support is in addition to the project originally announced in 2009, which included $6.2 million from Infrastructure Canada’s Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component, $6.2 million from the Province of New Brunswick, and $5.2 million from the Town of St. Stephen.

This latest investment will support professional and engineering fees, trade show space, the walking track, as well as the meeting and multi-purpose rooms.

The Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component provides funding for major infrastructure projects of national and regional significance that contribute to, among other things, economic growth, community recreation, culture and tourism development.

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An additional $2 million in funding was announced today toward the completion of the Garcelon Civic Centre in St. Stephen.  

MP John Williamson, Premier David Alward and John Quartermain, Mayor of St. Stephen participated in an official announcement and site tour of the Centre which is currently under construction.



Ann Kenney, Senior Communications Officer
ACOA New Brunswick

Bruce MacFarlane, Communications
Economic Development

John Ferguson, Chief Administrative Officer
Town of St. Stephen

Infrastructure Canada
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