Accessible and inclusive upgrades for all

News release

Annapolis Basin Conference Centre (ABCC) upgrades facilities for inclusive environment, improved program quality

August 26, 2019 – Cornwallis, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Providing safe, inclusive and accessible infrastructure is key to ensuring that Canada’s young cadets are equipped with the best opportunities to participate in summer training. That is why the Government of Canada is supporting the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre (ABCC) with facility upgrades that will help support good middle-class jobs, provide high quality youth opportunities and better position Nova Scotia’s western valley as a leader in inclusive event hosting.

In response to a recently awarded Government of Canada contract for HMCS Acadia Cadet Training Centre, ABCC is making its facilities more accessible and inclusive for cadets and visitors. Improved infrastructure will ensure ABCC can provide opportunities for visitors to experience the area, participate in cadet training or enjoy local community activities, regardless of physical abilities and gender identity.

Today, Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) announced Government of Canada support to ABCC for the project. The Province of Nova Scotia and the Municipality of the County of Annapolis also contributed to the project.

The Government of Canada is making smart investments that will create good, middle class jobs in our country. This investment is just one example of the concrete steps the Government of Canada is taking to break down barriers to accessibility.


“The Government of Canada is committed to building an inclusive future where everyone has an equal and fair chance at success. The investment announced today demonstrates that commitment by enabling ABCC to position itself as a leader in inclusive event hosting and by strengthening diversity and inclusion in the community, which promotes a better quality of life for all Canadians.”

-    The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“We are investing in critical community infrastructure, like the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, to ensure our women and men in uniform, as well as community groups and area visitors, have access to safe and comfortable accommodations while they prepare for their futures. These important upgrades will ensure the continued success of ABCC and HMCS Acadia for years to come.”

-       Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova

“We are working toward making Nova Scotia a barrier-free province, and this investment aligns with that commitment. These improvements will make the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre a more inclusive and accessible place for cadets and visitors while also supporting local employment and economic opportunities.”

-       The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier, Province of Nova Scotia

“The Canadian Cadet program makes a vital contribution to the building of the national fabric of Canada in many areas. The Municipality of the County of Annapolis is proud to be a supporting partner in this progressive project aimed at enhancing infrastructure accessibility for all.”

-       Alex Morrison, Councillor District 6, Municipality of the County of Annapolis

“Annapolis Basin Conference Centre is proud to be creating infrastructure upgrades that support cadets and other visitors, regardless of physical abilities or gender identity. With the support of the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, ABCC will continue to grow to meet the needs of the cadets of the future.”

-       Beth Earle, CEO, Annapolis Basin Conference Centre

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), invested $175,000 in the project. The Province of Nova Scotia through Communities, Culture and Heritage provided $100,000 and the Municipality of the County of Annapolis contributed $50,000 towards the project.

  • Infrastructure enhancements will include upgrades to washroom and shower areas in the barrack blocks at the Annapolis Basin Conference Centre.

  • For nine weeks each summer, more than 1,000 cadets and staff from across Canada and abroad stay in Cornwallis to take part in seamanship, music, sailing, drill, ceremonial and general training programs as part of the HMCS Acadia Cadet Training camp. This program provides youth opportunities for future career development and helps attract young people and families to the region.

  • The cadet program is one of the largest youth organizations in Canada with approximately 53,000 youth aged 12-18 participating in programs annually at one of 22 training centres across the country.

  • ABCC employs nearly 110 people each summer and books approximately 35,000 room nights per year with HMCS Acadia. Additional facility rentals are also available to visitors, cadet families and community groups including sleeping quarters, various meeting spaces and more in multiple buildings.

  • This project will enable ABCC to meet the requirements of a recently announced contract with the Department of Nation Defense valued at $17 million for the HMCS Acadia Cadet Training program.

  • The ICF focuses on investments that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building in Atlantic Canadian communities.

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Chris Brooks
Director, Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell)

Kristina Shannon
Province of Nova Scotia

Alex Morrison
Councillor District 6
Municipality of the County of Annapolis

Beth Earle
Chief Executive Officer
Annapolis Basin Conference Centre
902-638-8602 ext.1230 / 902-245-8008 (cell)

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