South Western Nova Scotia will benefit from investments to help improve tourism experiences; bring people back to public spaces safely

News release

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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 27, 2022 · Yarmouth, 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 $884,227 for nine projects through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) and two projects through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF). These projects are located in Digby, Yarmouth and Annapolis Counties. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

For additional project details, 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

“Resiliency has always defined Nova Scotians, and throughout this pandemic we have seen our Province persevere through each and every challenge. I am proud that the federal Government is supporting tourism operators and helping community organizations with critical infrastructure upgrades to keep them operating well into the future.”
-       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:
    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.

  • 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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