Town of Hampton will benefit from infrastructure upgrades to help bring people back to public spaces safely

News release

May 27, 2022 · Hampton, New Brunswick · 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, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay, announced an investment of $49,875 through the Canada Community Revitalization fund (CCRF) for the Town of Hampton. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.  

The Honourable Gary Crossman, Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation and Minister of Environment and Climate Change, also announced an investment of $49,875 in the project on behalf of the Province of New Brunswick. 

This support will allow the Town of Hampton to improve its Lighthouse River Centre located in the heart of the downtown core. Improvements include creating an internet centre available to all residents and visitors, as well as building a deck and accessible washrooms.

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 New Brunswick are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in shared public spaces like the Lighthouse River Centre in the Town of Hampton 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

“I’m so pleased that the Government of Canada, through ACOA, can support the Town of Hampton’s project. The improvements at the Lighthouse River Centre will help more residents, particularly students and newcomers, connect to the internet, as well as increase much-needed accessibility to the Centre’s washrooms.”

-        Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John - Rothesay

“The centre, which is beautifully situated on the banks of the Kennebecasis River, will expand its use as a location for community programming. These facilities are central to the overall well-being of individuals, families and the community.”

-       The Honourable Gary Crossman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation 

“What an amazing day for the residents of the Greater Hampton region. This federal and provincial government investment for the Lighthouse River Centre community renewal project will allow for the adaptation of the building to create a space for performance events, community group activities, and enhanced access to the adjacent public green space, taking full advantage of the Lighthouse River Centre’s commanding spot along the Kennebecasis River. The adaptations to the centre will allow it to be a hub of community activity that genuinely serves all members of the public, and a destination for visitors alike.”

-       Mayor Roger Doucet, Town of Hampton

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. 

  • 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

Ann Kenney
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Mary-Anne Hurley-Corbyn
Director of Communications
Province of New Brunswick (RDC)

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