Fairview benefits from recreational upgrades to help bring people back to public spaces safely

News release

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

June 1, 2022 · Fairview, 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.

Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, announced an investment of $70,000 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) to Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA. Kathryn Morse, HRM Councillor for District 10 joined the announcement.

This support has allowed HRM to upgrade the existing elementary school basketball court at Fairview Heights Elementary and Junior High Park with a multi-use court. It includes a new basketball court, a four-square court and a mini-soccer court. The project provides safe, outdoor play opportunities to community members of all ages.

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 Nova Scotia are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in shared public spaces helps revitalize local economies and gives residents a place to come together safely.”
- The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

"Everyone benefits when different levels of governments can work together to make community improvements. That's why I'm so pleased that the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency was able to work with HRM to upgrade these facilities in Fairview. They will help encourage local youth to get outside, keep fit, and have fun."
- Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West

“The new Fairview Heights School basketball court is a fantastic place for elementary students and young children to practice and play, thanks to funding from the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Government of Canada. Creating these free, accessible spaces in our community ensures all residents have access to meaningful recreation experiences.”
- Kathryn Morse, HRM Councillor for District 10

Quick facts

  • CCRF funding will support two major streams of activity:

    • adapt community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines,
    • 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

Lauren Sinclair
Director of Communications
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Ryan Nearing
Public Affairs Advisor
Corporate Communications | Human Resources and Corporate Communications
Halifax Regional Municipality

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