Charlottetown Families will Benefit from Improved Community Spaces

News Release

Government of Canada announces support for five Charlottetown-based projects through legacy program

August 2, 2017 – Charlottetown, PE – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Charlottetown families will benefit from improved community spaces, the gathering points that bring residents and visitors together for various activities, as a result of investments of more than $382,000 from the Government of Canada.

The funding was announced today by Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

The funding will support five projects, including upgrades to recreational, cultural and social infrastructure, which will enable community groups to better serve the region.

These investments are being allocated under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150), a $300-million fund that was established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through investments in the community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, up to $33.2 million is being invested across Atlantic Canada.


Quotes

“These investments will support five projects to help mark our nation’s 150th anniversary. There’s no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together – the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. That’s how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces.” 

  • The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for ACOA

“Canada’s 150th anniversary gives Canadians the opportunity to celebrate our past, enjoy the present, and look optimistically to the future, and the Government of Canada continues to make investments in communities across the country to support these ambitions. Congratulations to each of today’s project proponents. Your work is making a positive difference culturally, socially and to our economy.” 

  • Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown

“The knowledge about how to care for our animal companions is changing rapidly. The PEI Humane Society, with the help of the CIP 150 program will move us closer to our goal of providing the best shelter care possible and of sharing our animal welfare experience with Islanders in a welcoming environment.” 

  • Marla Somersall, Executive Director, PEI Humane Society / OR / PEIHS President

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada contributions announced today include:

    • $250,000 to the PEI Humane Society to redevelop areas of its facility to better serve animals and visitors;
    • $79,439 to the Capital Area Recreation Inc. to convert underused space to spectator viewing, create a multi-purpose programming space, and upgrade a narrow staircase to improve safety and traffic flow;
    • $29,325 to Holland College to renovate existing community space to enhance rehearsal and performance area;
    • $15,000 to Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean inc. to reconfigure and renovate community space to increase functionality; and
    • $8,500 to the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market Co-operative Association to replace indoor and outdoor lights with LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.

Contacts

Jana Parker
Acting Director of Communications

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-314-0874


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