Kensington and surrounding communities will benefit from investments in public spaces

News release

Government of Canada supports efforts to revitalize communities and help local economies thrive

 

August 4, 2022 · Kensington, Prince Edward Island · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Canadian cities and towns flourish when they have community spaces that promote social interaction, support health and well-being, and improve quality of life for residents and visitors. These spaces draw people together and into our neighbourhoods, to connect and rediscover all that our urban and rural communities have to offer. 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 total investments of $248,596 for four revitalization projects in central Prince Edward Island. Heath MacDonald, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, also took part in the event.

For the full list of projects, please see the backgrounder.

The investments were made through the Rediscover Main Streets initiative and the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF).

The Rediscover Main Streets initiative helps non-profit organizations team up to create new activities, develop marketing initiatives and promote events, all of which encourage residents and visitors alike to rediscover what the region’s communities have to offer and drive more support for local businesses.

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. 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, connected communities in Prince Edward Island are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economy. Investing in important shared spaces in and around Kensington helps revitalize local economies, boosts tourism, creates jobs, and gives people the opportunity to rediscover everything our region has to offer.”

-        The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“In every Canadian city or town, infrastructure is what connects people to their neighbours and enables them to be active participants in society and the economy. The Government of Canada is investing in sustainable shared spaces across rural PEI to keep them safe, accessible and vibrant for residents and visitors, strengthening communities as they move forward and grow.”

-        Heath MacDonald, Member of Parliament for Malpeque

Quick facts

  • The Canada Community Revitalization Fund supports two major streams of activity:

    • adapting community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines,
    • building or improving community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage in, and explore their communities and regions. 
  • Application intake for the Canada Community Revitalization Fund is now closed. If you have a pending application, please contact your account manager for more information.

  • Launched on March 18, 2022, Rediscover Main Streets is a $10 million initiative to support locally driven measures aimed at encouraging Atlantic Canadians and visitors to rediscover main streets and neighbourhoods across the region. The initiative complements other federal, provincial and municipal measures to help businesses and communities build back better. 

  • Canada’s regional development agencies are continuing to deliver targeted support for economic recovery. Application intake is open through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for the Jobs and Growth Fund, the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative, and the 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

Mike Critchley  
Senior Communications Advisor  
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 
Michael.Critchley@acoa-apeca.gc.ca  

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