Fredericton’s Northside will benefit from infrastructure upgrades to help bring people back to public spaces safely

News release

September 6, 2022 · Fredericton, 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, Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, announced an investment of $199,500 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the City of Fredericton. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

The Honourable Jill Green, provincial Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Her Worship, Kate Rogers, Mayor for the City of Fredericton, also announced $250,250 each.

This support will help the City of Fredericton purchase and install energy efficient LED lighting systems, accessible bleachers and bleacher pads at the Johnston and Tingley ball fields. These improvements will allow the city to meet increasing demand for game time and improve accessibility at the ball fields. These upgrades will help reanimate the community by maintaining safe and accessible sports facilities for people of all abilities to enjoy.

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 is committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This will help stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.


“Strong, vibrant communities New Brunswick are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in shared public spaces like the City of Fredericton’s Tingley and Johnston ballfields 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

“Updating and improving shared outdoor spaces contributes to the vitality and vibrancy of our communities. Today’s investment in the ball fields on Fredericton’s Northside will enhance existing public infrastructure, improve access to local events and encourage residents to fully engage in what our community has to offer.”

-        Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton

“Our residents flourish when they have facilities that promote physical activity and provide access to recreational programs. These fields have been well used over the years, and it is exciting to see them being upgraded for the future and for better accessibility.”

The Honourable Jill Green, Minister of Transportation, and Infrastructure

“The City of Fredericton thanks the Government of Canada and Province of New Brunswick for their contribution towards the lighting of the Johnston and Tingley ball fields, as well as new accessible bleachers. The installation of lighting was a recommendation of our Fredericton Ball Field Study and extends the usage of the two ball fields, especially in the shoulder seasons, while increasing access to the sport for all ages.”

-        Kate Rogers, Mayor, City of Fredericton

Quick facts

  • There are 21 ball fields throughout the City of Fredericton that serve approximately 1,500 players involved in softball and baseball leagues.

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

    o   adapting community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines,

    o   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.

  • 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.

Associated links


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
Regional Development Corporation (RDC)

Wayne Knorr
Director of Communications
City of Fredericton

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