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

News release

May 27, 2022 · Quispamsis, 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 $227,200 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Town of Quispamsis. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

The Honourable Blaine Higgs, Premier of New Brunswick, also announced an investment of $220,000 in the project on behalf of the Province of New Brunswick. 

This support will allow the Town of Quispamsis to improve an aging playground and build an accessible splash pad and public washroom. The new construction will meet accessibility standards for youth and special needs groups, creating a safe and comfortable place to bring the community together. 

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 community park in the Town of Quispamsis 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

“Investing in recreation areas promotes people’s health and well-being and builds inclusive and sustainable communities where people want to live, work and raise families. Projects like this in our region offer a place for all residents to form lasting memories with their families and friends, in a vibrant and accessible location, for years to come.”

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

“Our communities and families thrive when they have community spaces that promote social interaction and physical activity. In addition to this, our population and economic growth are closely linked to the vitality of communities in the province, like Quispamsis.”

- The Honourable Blaine Higgs, Premier of New Brunswick

“These types of investments in recreational infrastructure are what make Quispamsis a community of choice.  They are only possible thanks to strong partnerships and continued cooperation and collaboration among all three levels of government.”

-         Libby O’Hara, Mayor of Quispamsis

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 now 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 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)

Mrs. Dana Purton Dickson
Director of Community Services
Town of Quispamsis

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