Shelburne Community Centre enhances multi-purpose facility

News release

Upgrades help Town of Shelburne expand community-based economic activities, employment training opportunities

August 15, 2019 – Shelburne, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Investing in community infrastructure is essential to create jobs and contribute to the quality of life of people living in rural areas across the country. The Shelburne Community Centre is the town’s only facility suitable for hosting large trade shows and entrepreneurship activities. That is why the Government of Canada is helping the Town of Shelburne upgrade the building so it can become an even greater catalyst for regional economic activity.

The Shelburne Community Centre works with employers, economic and social service organizations, and aspiring entrepreneurs to host job training, trade shows, forums and symposiums. The Centre is also used for community meetings, social and recreational activities, and special events. Infrastructure improvements including roof upgrades, painting, signage, furniture and electronic equipment for meetings, will ensure the facility can be used for more purposes and will provide capacity to grow, create more middle-class jobs and build economic opportunities.

Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets, 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 support to the Town of Shelburne for this project.

This investment supports the Government of Canada’s Rural Economic Development Strategy, which seeks to maximize federal investments to improve the quality and resiliency of community infrastructure, create good jobs, support trade and investment, strengthen skills, and welcome newcomers in rural communities.


“Infrastructure is at the core of communities and is essential to helping Canadians succeed. This investment will help the Town of Shelburne create and maintain good middle-class jobs, resulting in commercial growth in and around the area while helping to build economic prosperity in Atlantic Canada.”

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

“The Government of Canada is making historic investments in infrastructure to grow our country’s economy, strengthen the middle class and improve Canadians’ quality of life. Enhancements to the Shelburne Community Centre will improve the facility’s capacity to collaborate with employers, economic and social service providers, and aspiring entrepreneurs, expanding trade opportunities and contributing to a skilled workforce.”

     - The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets

“The Town of Shelburne is pleased to receive federal funding through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to assist with upgrades to important regional infrastructure. The Town is committed to the provision of facility improvements and enhancements as a means of maintaining and expanding conference hosting capabilities for all of Shelburne County and beyond to utilize.”

     - Karen Mattatall, Mayor, Town of Shelburne

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is contributing $151,178 towards this project through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF).

  • The Shelburne Community Centre was built by the Town of Shelburne in 1994. It has three meeting and training rooms, a catering area, a stage and a large conference/trade show space. Approximately one-third of the 23,000 square-foot space is used by the fire department and other emergency management personnel.

  • The facility has hosted the Shelburne County Marine Trade Show and Forum, and the Shelburne County Agricultural Forum, as well as weddings, graduations and craft shows. It is also used for employee, corporate and employment readiness training by local employers, Employment Nova Scotia, and social enterprises such as the Shelburne Association Supporting Inclusion, the Nova Scotia Community College, and the Shelburne Community Business Development Corporation, among others.

  • The Innovative Communities Fund (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)

Darren Shupe
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Shelburne
902-875-2991, ext. 5 / 902-719-0737 (cell)

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