Sherbrooke taking steps to enhance community infrastructure and quality of life

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A artist's rendition of improvements to the streetscape in Sherbrooke, NS.

Government of Canada fueling community revitalization and creating the conditions for local economies to thrive

November 10, 2022 · Sherbrooke, 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 Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova announced a total investment of $189,473 to the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s for enhancements in the community. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, the Honourable Kamal Khera, Minister of Seniors and the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

ACOA is providing $120,000 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the municipality to implement part of the Sherbrooke Streetscapes Plan. This involves creating safer and more accessible pathways for people of all ages and abilities. Installing curbed sidewalks and crosswalks will also provide better pedestrian and traffic flow through Sherbrooke’s downtown core. The improvements will encourage residents and visitors to explore local businesses and services, contributing to Sherbrooke’s social connectivity and the vitality of the economy.

Infrastructure Canada is also providing $47,500 to the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s to help the community develop its Active Transportation Plan. Through researching, mapping, community consultations and finalizing cost estimates, the Municipality will create a roadmap to implement a network of trails for walking, biking and rolling that will enable residents to get to their destination while spending more time outside and getting active.

Additionally, $21,973 through Employment and Social Development Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program will help the municipality deliver its Tech Savvy Seniors program at community centres throughout St. Mary’s. The program will provide seniors with tablets and technology training to help them connect with their families to combat social isolation and remain in their homes longer. 

Quotes

“Strong, vibrant communities in Nova Scotia are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in projects that enhance infrastructure and people’s quality of life will help revitalize local economies, boost tourism, and give residents a place to come together.”
- The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Investments that ensure public spaces are accessible help seniors maintain their independence, and encourages residents to be active, making our communities more vibrant and inclusive places to live and work. We’re pleased to support these initiatives as they foster local pride and social connectivity, while revitalizing our communities, promoting growth and energizing the population.”
- The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Central Nova 

The municipality is pleased to provide accessible, inclusive, and active transportation options with gathering spaces that highlight the warmth, connectedness, and renewal for Main Street, Sherbrooke. Today’s announced investments will also open pathways for seniors to explore new physical and digital opportunities.”
- Warden Greg Wier, Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s

Quick facts

  • In 2018 the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's created the Sherbrooke Streetscapes Plan, a commitment to enhance the downtown core, in partnership with ACOA, Sherbrooke Village and the Province of Nova Scotia. 

  • The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grants and contributions program whose goal is to support projects that help seniors stay active and engaged in the community. Organizations are eligible to receive up to $25,000 in grant funding.

  • The Active Transportation Fund will provide $400 million over five years to support a modal shift toward active transportation, in support of Canada's National Active Transportation Strategy

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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

Lauren Sinclair
Director of Communications
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
782-641-6365
Lauren.Sinclair@acoa-apeca.gc.ca

Denise Dunn
Economic Development Officer
Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s
902-522-2607
denise.dunn@saint-marys.ca

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