Outdoor light show series brings people back to downtown Halifax

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

December 3, 2021 · Halifax, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

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, Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, announced an investment of $76,752 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC). The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This support allows the DHBC to deliver an outdoor light projection show at the former Halifax Memorial Library, as a part of its DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN lighting program. There will be a nightly display that will change with the seasons and highlight cultural themes. The experience will draw people to the downtown core, promoting social connection and activity at nearby restaurants, shops and businesses.

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.


“Strong, vibrant communities in Nova Scotia are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in the creation of shared public experiences like DELIGHTFUL DOWNTOWN in Halifax helps revitalize local economies, boosts tourism, creates jobs, and gives residents a place to come together safely.”
- The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Initiatives like this enrich our lives by getting us outdoors to enjoy art, culture, community and the many other wonderful things Downtown Halifax has to offer. As we recover, the Government of Canada is investing in shared spaces and experiences for everyone to enjoy safely.”
- Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax

Quick facts

  • CCRF funding will support two major streams of activity:

    o   adapt community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines,

    o   build or improve community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage in, and explore their communities and regions. 

  • Eligible recipients will include not-for-profit organizations; rural, municipal or regional governments; Indigenous groups and communities; and public sector bodies that provide municipal-type infrastructure.

  • Priority may be given to projects that encourage the participation of underrepresented groups and take into consideration the unique challenges of rural and remote communities.

  • For more information on the application process, eligibility criteria and eligible expenses, or to apply for the CCRF, reach out to your regional development agency.

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

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Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Chris Brooks
Communications Director, Nova Scotia
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Paul MacKinnon
Chief Executive Officer
Downtown Halifax Business Commission

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