Two community organizations in Happy Valley-Goose Bay will benefit from investments to help bring people back to public spaces safely

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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

February 18, 2022 · Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador · 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, Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, announced total investments of $114,665 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for two projects in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This support will allow two community-based organizations to upgrade their facilities with new accessibility features and install energy efficient technology, including heat pumps and LED lighting. This will create safer and more comfortable gathering places.

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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 Newfoundland and Labrador are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in shared spaces like these two community-based facilities in Happy Valley-Goose Bay 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

“With these investments, we are strengthening the community of Happy Valley Goose Bay. From supporting our veterans to offering space to host community events, this funding will help bring the Happy Valley Goose Bay residents together and celebrate their amazing community.”
-       Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador

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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Marianne Blondin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Paul McGrath
Director of Communications
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

George Andrews
The Masons #17 Ltd.

Cindy Thevenet
Royal Canadian Legion - Happy Valley Branch No. 51

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