Rural Municipality of West River will benefit from renovations and accessibility 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

May 25, 2022 · West River, Prince Edward Island · 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, Heath Macdonald, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, announced an investment of $300,000 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Rural Municipality of West River. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This support will help the Rural Municipality of West River upgrade both R.J. Mutter sports field and the Bonshaw Community Centre. Improvements at R.J. Mutter sports field will include clubhouse renovations and upgrades to the park’s nature trail and green spaces. The Bonshaw Community Centre will undergo renovations to enhance the safety and accessibility of the centre.

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.

Quotes

“Strong, vibrant communities in Prince Edward Island are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in shared public spaces like R.J. Mutter sports field and the Bonshaw Community Centre in the Rural Municipality of West River 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

“Mutter sports field and the Bonshaw Community Centre are two important places for our community. They provide opportunities for families and friends to come together and enjoy the benefits of spending time outside and connecting with their neighbours. Our government will continue to work to ensure facilities like these remain safe and accessible for all members of our community."

Heath MacDonald, Member of Parliament for Malpeque

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. 

  • 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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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

Michael Critchley
Senior Communication Advisor
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
michael.critchley@acoa-apeca.gc.ca    

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