Cumberland, Colchester Counties will benefit from investments to help residents and visitors enjoy the region and its shared spaces safely

News release

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

January 18, 2022 · Truro, 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, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced total investments of $1,858,820 for ten projects through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and two projects through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) in Cumberland and Colchester Counties. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of 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. 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.

Launched in July 2021, the $500 million Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) is administered by Canada’s RDAs and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). It was created specifically to help organizations and businesses in the tourism sector adapt their operations to meet public health requirements, while investing in innovative products and services to facilitate their future growth.

Quotes

“Strong, vibrant communities in Nova Scotia are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in community infrastructure and tourism initiatives helps revitalize local economies, boosts tourism, creates jobs and gives residents and visitors spaces to gather and explore safely.”
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Communities throughout the region are adapting, rethinking and building the local assets that make us strong. From pools and parks that keep residents active, to festival grounds, historic sites and tourism businesses that attract new visitors, it is crucial to support these places and the benefits they create.”
- The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Central Nova

Quick facts

  • CCRF funding will support two major streams of activity: 

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

  • 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 CCRF, Jobs and Growth Fund, Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative and Tourism Relief Fund.

  • With a national budget of $500 million, including $485 million administered by Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and $15 million by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the Tourism Relief Fund is part of the billion dollars in tourism support announced in Budget 2021.

  • $48.5 million from the Tourism Relief Fund is allocated to ACOA to support the Atlantic region.

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Contacts

Marianne Blondin 
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Marianne.Blondin@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Chris Brooks
Communications Director, Nova Scotia
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-830-3839
Chris.Brooks@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

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