Salisbury Farmers and Artisans Market will benefit from upgrades to help bring people back to public spaces safely

News release

January 17, 2023 · Salisbury, 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, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, announced federal government contributions of $400,000 to Salisbury Farmers and Artisans Market Ltd. This includes $300,000 under ACOA’s Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), as well as $100,000 from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).

The Honourable Mike Holland, Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development, announced a contribution of $250,000 towards the project through the Regional Development Corporation (RDC).

These investments will support continued growth of the market and help it become an important promoter of economic opportunity for each participating vendor and the local communities.

Project activity includes renovating an existing barn to include heating and solar panels, improving accessibility features, and constructing gender neutral washrooms that will benefit under-represented groups.

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 in New Brunswick are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in shared public spaces like the market in Salisbury 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

“Investing in this project is in keeping with our commitment to build vibrant and sustainable communities. This market is an important part of the local economy as well as a place for residents to gather and socialize.”

-        The Honourable Mike Holland, Natural Resources and Energy Development Minister

“We are so thankful for the support we have received from the federal government through ACOA, the provincial government and our own municipal government here in Salisbury. We hope this building becomes a safe and accessible place for the people of this village to gather and celebrate all things local.”

-        Mark MacDonald, President, Salisbury Farmers and Artisans Market

Quick facts

  • The Enabling Accessibility Fund provides funding for projects that make Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities. It aims to create more opportunities for persons with disabilities to:

    o   take part in community activities, programs and services, or

    o   access employment.

  • 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.

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

Danielle Phillips
Communications Manager
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Mary-Anne Hurley-Corbyn
Director of Communications
Regional Development Corporation (RDC)

Mark MacDonald
Salisbury Farmers and Artisans Market

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