Government of Canada helps Town of Sunnyside complete new multi-purpose centre

News release

August 13, 2021 · Sunnyside, NL · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Modern infrastructure and strong, sustainable communities are key to a thriving Atlantic Canadian economy. That is why the Government of Canada is investing to help the Town of Sunnyside create new economic opportunities and build healthy and resilient communities.

Federal government investment benefits region

Today, Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista–Burin–Trinity, announced a non-repayable investment of $400,000 for the Town of Sunnyside to help complete the construction of its new multi-purpose community centre. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

The modern 11,820 square foot centre will include a multi-purpose area for professional events and community programs, and approximately 5,000 square feet of space for business development. The facility will allow the Town of Sunnyside and neighbouring municipalities to offer more activities and services to residents and businesses, boost economic development and attract new families to the area. The centre will also generate employment opportunities and encourage commercial and industrial growth in the region.

Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to investing in strategic initiatives that build the economies of Atlantic Canadian communities. 


“Through our plan to make Atlantic Canadian communities strong and diversified, our government is investing in community infrastructure projects like this one to better position municipalities for growth and prosperity. We are pleased to support the Town of Sunnyside and its new multi-purpose centre, which will help foster sustainable economic development and build a stronger, more vibrant public space for future generations.”

-   The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“The Town of Sunnyside is a hub for surrounding communities and businesses on the Avalon Peninsula. The Government of Canada’s support for this project is helping create a brighter future and is generating new opportunities for the diversification and growth of the town and surrounding area. Sunnyside’s new multi-purpose centre will be an important asset for the entire region. It will benefit residents, businesses and visitors for years to come.”

- Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for BonavistaBurinTrinity

“To say the Town of Sunnyside is excited about ACOA’s investment to support the completion of our new facility is an understatement. The new multi-purpose community centre will be available for the citizens of Sunnyside and surrounding communities to enjoy. It brings hope of a better quality of life through business advancement, new community programs and more. We anticipate and look forward to the grand opening of the centre in the third quarter of 2021.”

- Mayor Gerald Snook, Town of Sunnyside

Quick facts

  • The Town of Sunnyside is contributing $1,600,000 towards the project.

  • The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) contribution of $400,000 (non-repayable) will help cover costs associated with project management, engineering, technical services, and construction.

  • The funding announced today is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), which builds on the strengths of communities and provides the tools needed to identify opportunities for sustainable economic growth.

  • Construction of the facility is near completion with an anticipated official opening in the Fall of 2021.

Associated links


Catherine Mounier-Desrochers

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Economic

Development and Official Languages

Paul McGrath

Director of Communications



Gerald Snook


Town of Sunnyside


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