Western Newfoundland 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 11, 2021 · Conche, NL · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Shared public spaces such as interpretation centres, community halls and parks are at the heart of communities across Canada. They draw in residents and visitors alike, supporting local businesses and jobs. In western Newfoundland, 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 Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced total investments of close to $114,000 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for three projects in western Newfoundland. 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.

Quotes

“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

 

“It is important that our community spaces be ready and welcoming so we can gather again when it is safe to do so. These are special places where we spend time with family and friends and make lasting memories. I’m delighted that the Government of Canada is investing in community projects in Conche, St. Anthony Bight and Port au Choix to enrich our recreational and outdoor areas in this wonderful part of the province.”

-     Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Developmen

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 French Shore Historical Society Inc., St. Anthony Bight Local Service District and the Town of Port au Choix.

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Contacts

Catherine Mounier-Desrochers

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Economic

Development and Official Languages

Catherine.Mounier-Desrochers@canada.ca


Paul McGrath

Director of Communications

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Newfoundland and Labrador

709-689-5731

paul.mcgrath@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

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