Backgrounder: Cape Breton will benefit from new construction, upgrades to help bring people back to public spaces safely


The Government of Canada invests more than $274,000 in nine community shared spaces to stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve the quality of life of Canadians.

Reserve Mines Volunteer Fire Department The fire department will upgrade the community hall’s kitchen with new plumbing and electrical, commercial flooring; a fire suppression system, a new fire escape, and kitchen appliances. This will ensure the hall can be used to full capacity to host community events and fundraisers. $70,000 non-repayable

Darryl McNeil
Firefighter, Board of Directors



Marcia Fiolek Memorial Community Playground Society The society will undertake accessibility upgrades to the playground, including a wheelchair glider swing and accessible flooring under the swing, to better serve the community and ensure its long-term sustainability.   $61,000 non-repayable  Bryan Pratt
Lighthouse of Cape Breton Society The society will upgrade the Undercurrent Youth Centre by increasing the recreational area by 40 percent, installing new windows, and a deck with a wheelchair ramp. The improvement will increase efficiency and accessibility to meet growing demand for its services. $50,000 non-repayable David Sawler
Inverness Victoria Federation of Agriculture The federation’s building is used for various community functions. Funding will help install insulation, new windows and doors, wiring, and upgrade the building entrance to improve energy efficiency and accessibility, promoting the sustainability of an important community asset. $39,000 non-repayable Rodney Beaton
Board Member
Machinery and Special Projects Committee
East Bay and Area Community Council The council will create an accessible section of the East Bay Hills Trail with a wide, hard packed base. This will allow people of all ages and abilities to enjoy a portion of the trail that avoids steeper grades and shortens the original hike by approximately one kilometre.  $19,500 non-repayable 

Dave King



Antigonish County District 9 Community Development Association The organization will carry out upgrades at Cape Jack Beach Provincial Park located in Havre Boucher, where the association will install an accessible washroom and change house. The Association will also undertake levelling landscaping to improve accessibility and provide a space for recreational activities to be used by persons of all abilities.  $15,828 non-repayable  Mark Fougere
St. Peter's and Area Lions Club The organization will upgrade its ballfield by adding topsoil to make it a safe area to play baseball and softball. Gravel will also be added to the walking trail to improve its accessibility and encourage people to explore the outdoor amenities. $7,500
Gerry Gibson
River Bourgeois Community Services Society  The society will install an outdoor storage building to securely house recreation complex equipment to safeguard it against inclement weather and theft, ensuring it can be enjoyed by all community members.    $7,417

Sharon Chilvers
Director, Events/Fundraising Chair


Friends of Notre Dame de l’Assumption Cathedral Association The committee will restore the steps, accessible ramp, and railings at the entrance to the Our Lady of Assumption, allowing for easier and safer public access. This will also permit the continuation of on-site tours at the 18th century building, which is the oldest Catholic church in Nova Scotia and has become a popular tourist destination.  $4,650
Andre Boudreau
TOTAL    $274,895  


Marianne Blondin
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

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