Hants Aquatic Centre Society will benefit from pool renovations to help bring people back to public spaces safely

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In this collage, a child jumps into an outdoor swimming pool, and children and adults use an outdoor pool in the summer.

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

January 22, 2022 · Windsor, 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, Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings—Hants, announced an investment of $130,000 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Hants Aquatic Centre Society. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This support allowed the Hants Aquatic Centre Society to renovate the pool, which included repairing the concrete and replacing the pool liner. The renovations will allow for the continued safe operation of the pool, which is an important amenity in the community for both residents and visitors. 

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

“Strong, vibrant communities in Nova Scotia are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in shared public spaces like the Hants Aquatic Centre in Windsor 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

Quick facts

  • The Hants Aquatic Centre Society was formed in 2004 to find funding for a multi-purpose aquatics and lifestyle facility to replace an older outdoor pool. The facility was completed in 2009 and has been a popular attraction in the community, drawing more than 27,000 guests annually for lessons, public swims, lane swims, aqua fit, rentals and special events. 

  • 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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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

Kathy Kehoe
Director of Community Development
West Hants Regional Municipality
(902) 798-8391 Ext. 123
kkehoe@westhants.ca

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