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Minister MacKay Announces Investment through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Government of Canada Supporting Community Infrastructure in Atlantic Canada

July 31, 2015 - New Glasgow, N.S. - Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Two curling clubs in Pictou County will benefit from improved recreational facilities thanks in part to Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding announced today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA).

The Government of Canada has approved a contribution of $25,500 for the Westville Curling Club toward the replacement of building's perimeter tile drainage, as well as roof improvements and renovations to the locker room area, including electrical work.  Meanwhile, the Bluenose Curling Club will receive $15,782 to assist with enhancements to the building’s airflow and improvements to the ice surface. These funding amounts are part of the up to $16.6 million in funding allocated for projects in Atlantic Canada under CIP 150, announced earlier this year by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The national Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is providing up to $150 million over two years to support projects that rehabilitate, renovate and expand existing public infrastructure for communities. It is part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.

In Atlantic Canada, CIP 150 is administered through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

Quick Facts:

  • The Westville Curling Club, established in 1901 and registered as a not-for-profit in 1983, is a volunteer-run public facility that caters to all age groups. This community-focused facility represents a significant piece of infrastructure in this rural community that is used by numerous groups for community, family or business functions.
  • Established in 1853, and registered as a not-for-profit organization in 1989, the Bluenose Curling Club is a membership-driven organization with membership opportunities available for all ages and skill levels.  The club offers a popular Learn-to-Curl program that is fully open to the general public.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity in communities across Canada.
  • Infrastructure investments are a proven, effective means of boosting economic activity and enhancing the quality of life for Canadian families.
  • Projects that will be supported by the program will be chosen based on assessment criteria including construction-readiness and public benefit, the extent to which funding is leveraged from other sources and linkages to Canada 150.
  • Total federal government funding will be a maximum of 50 per cent of the total eligible costs for projects in Atlantic Canada.
  • The Government of Canada’s contributions are contingent on the execution of contribution agreements with recipients.
  • Selected projects are expected to be completed by March 31, 2018.


“For decades, the Westville Curling Club and Bluenose Curling Club have played an important role in uniting our community through sport and recreation. With our Government’s investment through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, we will help ensure that residents of Central Nova enjoy these improved community spaces for years to come.”

            -       The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

“The Westville Curling Club is very pleased to receive the Canada 150 contribution from The Government of Canada. The project of foundation/drainage repairs, roof repairs and basement locker room renovations will be completed within the next two years. Curling is a very important form of both physical and social activity in Canada. The completion of this project will ensure the over 100-year tradition of curling in Westville will continue in years to come.”

-       John Thompson, Project leader, Westville Curling Club

“Our club has enjoyed offering curling to the residents of Pictou County for more than 160 years. The Government of Canada support announced today will enable us to continue to make necessary upgrades and repairs to our facility that will ensure it can continue for many years to come.  We are excited about the new season ahead starting with the Nova Scotia 55 Plus Games in September.  This support will help to ensure safe and healthy conditions in our ice shed for all curlers.”

-       Donalda Buckingham, President, Bluenose Curling Club

Associated Links:


Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Alex Smith

Director, Communications and Outreach

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

902-426-9417/902-830-3839 (cell)

Clarissa Lamb
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Justice

Duncan MacDonald
President, Westville Curling Club