The Restigouche region will benefit from investments to help bring people back to public spaces safely

News release

August 13, 2021 · Campbellton, New Brunswick, 2021 · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Shared public spaces such as farmers’ markets and skating rinks are at the heart of communities across Canada. They draw in residents and visitors alike, supporting local businesses and jobs. In the Restigouche region, 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 René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, announced total investments of $75,815 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for two projects in the Restigouche 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

“Public infrastructure shapes communities that are sustainable and inclusive, and helps spur economic activity and job creation. That is why we are proud to support community infrastructure projects like these ones in the Restigouche area, which will contribute to the region’s vitality and make a difference in the everyday lives of Canadians and their communities.”

-       René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche

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 Town of Dalhousie, and the Village of Balmoral.

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

Samantha Michaud
Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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