Charlottetown area will benefit from investments to help bring people back to public spaces safely

News release

Government of Canada fueling community revitalization and creating the conditions for local economies to thrive as they rebound from the effects of COVID-19

August 13, 2021 · Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Shared public spaces such as cultural centres and downtown areas are at the heart of communities across Canada. They draw in residents and visitors alike, supporting local businesses and jobs. In Charlottetown, as in so many places across Canada, these spaces have seen a significant reduction in use as Canadians took precautions to stay safe from COVID-19.

The Government of Canada recognizes that Canadian cities and towns flourish when they have community public spaces to promote social interaction and physical activity, and provide access to recreational programs and facilities. These amenities are integral to the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces.

Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, announced total investments of $141,655 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for two projects in the Charlottetown area. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for ACOA.

For the full list of projects, please see backgrounder

The CCRF was launched in June 2021. The Fund provides $500 million over two years to Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces. As public health restrictions ease, the Government of Canada remains committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This in turn will stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.


“Through investments like these, our government is supporting economic development in communities of every size, in every region. We have helped put small- and medium-sized businesses on the road to recovery. Now it’s time to invest in the shared public spaces that will safely bring people together and help communities grow and thrive well into the future.”
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Charlottetown area residents and businesses continue to work hard to build back from the effects of COVID-19 on their families and livelihood. Our government is creating and supporting initiatives to safely bring people back to public spaces and accelerate the region’s recovery.“
- Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown     

Quick facts

  • Launched in June 2021, the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) provides $500 million over two years to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces, helping to create the conditions and accessibility to stimulate local economies and bring Canadians back together once it is safe to do so. 

  • The fund helps communities: 
        - adapt public spaces so that they can be used safely, and
        - build or improve community assets to encourage Canadians to re-engage in and explore their regions.

  • Canada’s regional development agencies are continuing to deliver targeted support for economic recovery in the region. Application intake is now open in Atlantic Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, Jobs and Growth Fund, Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative and Tourism Relief Fund.

  • The funding announced today is conditional on the signing of contribution agreements between the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Benevolent Irish Society of Prince Edward Island, and Discover Charlottetown Inc.

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Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic
Development and Official Languages

Leonard MacPherson
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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