South Shore and Halifax Regional Municipality will benefit from investments to help bring people back to public spaces safely
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 · Halifax, 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.
Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced total investments of $157,596 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for six projects on Nova Scotia’s South Shore and in Halifax Regional Municipality. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA. Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, also participated.
For the full list of projects, please see backgrounder.
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 in Halifax Regional Municipality and on the province’s South Shore 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
“A vibrant community is a strong community. Strong communities do more than survive: they flourish. The Government of Canada is happy to help communities throughout Atlantic Canada build on their strengths so they can prosper and help residents develop enduring roots.”
- The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
“Investments in local infrastructure like tennis clubs, playgrounds, legions and baseball fields are key to building thriving communities, vibrant local economies and culturally rich public gathering spaces, making life better for all Nova Scotians.”
- Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West
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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