The Municipality of Argyle will benefit from trail 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 29, 2022 · Pubnico, 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 Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, announced an investment of $125,000 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) to the Municipality of Argyle and the Yarmouth County Trail Development Association.

The Municipality of Argyle and the Yarmouth County Trail Development Association will work together to purchase and apply gravel to a 10-kilometre stretch of the Trans Canada Trail from Lower East Pubnico to Pubnico Head. This part of the trail system is popular among community members as it provides accessible outdoor space for people of all ages and mobility levels to walk, run, cycle, and more. The project will make this trail section safer and join it to other links going north to Yarmouth and to south Shelburne.

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 like the Trans Canada trail system in Pubnico 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

“Residents and visitors alike value our beautiful stretches of the Trans Canada Trail. The trail is an important asset, allowing people to enjoy nature, get exercise, and stay healthy. I’m pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting the Municipality of Argyle and the Yarmouth County Trail Development Association’s upgrades to this well-used portion of the trail system so that more people can safely explore the area.”

-        Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants

Quick facts

  • The section of the trail being upgraded has been designated part of the Blue Route by Bicycle Nova Scotia. The Blue Route is a Nova Scotia-wide initiative to create a continuous network of bicycling infrastructure.

  • In 2019, the not-for-profit Yarmouth County Trails Association was awarded the Bluenose Achievement Award by Recreation Nova Scotia which is given to an individual or community group that makes outstanding contributions toward recreation in Nova Scotia.

  • 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
Communications Director
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Alain Muise
Chief Administrative Officer
Municipality of the District of Argyle

Ronald Day
Yarmouth County Trail Development Association

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