Government Investments Boost Business and Tourism Growth in Carbonear

News release

Federal and provincial governments investing more than $1.17 million to revitalize downtown Carbonear

 

April 1, 2022 · Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Atlantic Canadian municipalities and tourism operators are working hard to recover from pandemic challenges and find new approaches to deliver world-class tourism experiences. The Government of Canada is helping the Town of Carbonear to revitalize its downtown core, enhancing opportunities for economic growth and improving the quality of life of citizens.

Downtown spaces drive the economy

Today, Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, announced a non-repayable contribution of $849,732 through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) towards Phase Two of the Town of Carbonear’s Downtown Revitalization Plan. The Honourable Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation, on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, also announced a contribution of $326,820.

The Town of Carbonear’s three-phased plan is creating an attractive and distinctive downtown and Heritage Waterfront District that displays community pride and promotes tourism and business growth. Phase One focused on improving the Carbonear Row Cultural Quarter; Phase Two of the project will focus on the redevelopment of Bannerman Street to PF Finn Street and includes enhanced sidewalks, signage, community space, murals, fixed furniture, landscaping and lighting.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to drive economic growth in Atlantic Canadian communities by developing key sectors—like tourism—to attract more visitors and create jobs across the region.

Quotes

“Our downtown spaces in Atlantic Canada have so much culture, diversity and history; not only do they drive our economy but they are a great source of pride and the heart of our communities. We’ll continue to work with our partners to maintain these areas and ensure they are attractive places for businesses to set up shop, and for residents and visitors to explore and spend time.”

-   The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

 

“As our communities forge ahead with recovery from the pandemic, it’s important we focus in on keys areas of tourism development—like the Town of Carbonear’s Downtown Revitalization Plan. With this government support to enhance the streets and signage in downtown Carbonear, we are providing businesses, residents and visitors an enjoyable space and experience that will help accelerate economic growth in the region.”

- Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon

 

“Investing in economic development is a priority for our government. We are pleased to support this project to continue revitalization of Carbonear’s downtown, which is helping to drive the local economy and supporting small business development in the area.”

- The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology


“A vibrant downtown district attracts visitors, residents, and businesses. The Town of Carbonear, with support from all levels of government, is eager to continue to strengthen our economy, facilitate new business and investment, while also growing a greater sense of place through the continuation of the Downtown Revitalization Project. Phase Two will continue the work along Water Street completed in Phase One, to enhance our spaces, update infrastructure, renew landscapes, and create a safe, accessible and pedestrian friendly route.”

-  His Worship Frank Butt, Mayor, Town of Carbonear

Quick facts

  • Funding for Phase One of the Town of Carbonear’s Downtown Revitalization Plan was announced in September 2018 and the phase was completed during fall 2020.

  • The Town of Carbonear is contributing $130,727 to Phase Two of the project.

  • The Government of Canada funding announced today is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF).

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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

Paul McGrath
Director of Communications
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
709-689-5731
Paul.Mcgrath@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Eric Humber
Industry, Energy and Technology
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-5777, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Cynthia Davis
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Carbonear
709-596-3831
carbonear@nf.aibn.com

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