Belle-Baie’s Sportek Rodolphe Boudreau getting new roof and upgrades

News release

January 24, 2023 · Belle-Baie, 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. That is why the Government of Canada is helping the former Town of Beresford, now part of the newly-amalgamated Town of Belle-Baie, update key community infrastructure.

Today, Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, along with the Honourable Réjean Savoie, MLA for Miramichi Bay-Neguac and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, announced total contributions of $705,134 to the Town of Belle-Baie.

The Government of Canada is providing a non-repayable contribution of $242,750 through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, while the Government of New Brunswick is providing $462,384.

These investments will support infrastructure upgrades to the Sportek Rodolphe Boudreau, including roof repairs and improvements to the washroom facilities. Upgrades to the complex, which houses a curling club as well as the region’s only farmers market during the spring and summer seasons, will help improve visitor experience and increase opportunities for the town to attract businesses.

This announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to helping Atlantic Canadian communities strengthen their infrastructure, supporting the tourism sector, as well as spurring job creation and prosperity across the region.


“Strong, vibrant communities in New Brunswick are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in shared public spaces like the Sportek Rodolphe Boudreau in Belle-Baie helps revitalize local economies, boosts tourism, and gives residents a place to come together safely.”

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

“The Government of Canada recognizes that investing in community infrastructure is essential to strength our local economy and support a higher standard of living for everyone. I am proud of our government’s financial participation in this project, which will enable the community to harness its assets to create jobs and sustain the many wonderful small businesses that define this region.”

-        Serge Cormier, Member of Parliament for Acadie-Bathurst

“The Sportek Rodolphe Boudreau is important community infrastructure for Belle-Baie and the region. Our government is pleased to invest in this project that is very much in line with our commitment to build vibrant and sustainable communities.” 

-        Réjean Savoie, MLA for Miramichi Bay-Neguac and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation

“The Town of Belle-Baie is very pleased to be able to continue this project initiated by the previous council of the Town of Beresford. The Sportek Rodolphe Boudreau is an important infrastructure allowing some forty merchants to have access to a busy distribution point during the summer as part of the Ecomarket activities. It is also a structure that welcomes many curling enthusiasts from here and elsewhere, filling our hotels and restaurants. A great example of a collaborative project, promoting tourism and economic development!"

-        Daniel Guitard, Mayor of Belle-Baie

Quick facts

  • The Town of Belle-Baie was established as part of the 2023 New Brunswick local governance reform. The new town encompasses the former town of Beresford, the former villages of Nigadoo, Petit-Rocher and Pointe-Verte, the former local service districts of Dunlop, Laplante, Madran, Robertville, Petit-Rocher-Nord, Petit-Rocher-Sud and Tremblay, as well as portions of the local service districts, of Bathurst, Beresford and North Tetagouche.

  • The Sportek Rodolphe Boudreau is owned and operated by the municipality and has two independent organizations that are tenants of the building: Curling Beresford and the Beresford Regional Farmers Market.

    o   Curling Beresford is a non-profit organization that manages and operates the Sportek Curling Centre. The volunteer group organizes competitive and recreational leagues, tournaments and curling clinics.

    o   The Beresford Regional Farmers Market was created in 2012 with the desire to promote agri-food producers in the Chaleur region and to provide the population with local, organic and seasonal products in a unique place. The market is open from mid-June to mid-September and has 40 merchants offering a wide variety of products, serving upwards of 1,500 patrons each week.

  • The federal funding announced today is provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), which supports strategic projects that build the economies of Atlantic Canada's communities.


Marianne Blondin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Official Languages and of the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Dominique Bouchard
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Mary-Anne Hurley-Corbyn
Director of Communications
Regional Development Corporation

Vincent Poirier
Manager of Growth and Development
Town of Belle-Baie

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