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March 18, 2013
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Federal and provincial governments invest in the Linkletter Community Centre

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development

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The Community of Linkletter will enjoy long-term benefits for its community centre as internal and external infrastructure improvements are scheduled to begin on the facility shortly. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and the Honourable Ron MacKinley, Prince Edward Island Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development, today announced government support for this project.

“This Centre is an important asset to the residents of Linkletter and the surrounding communities. The upgrades and improvements will ensure that the facility maximizes its potential to serve local residents and visitors,” said Minister Shea.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, will invest $45,298 from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Government of Prince Edward Island will contribute $26,120 under the Island Community Fund.

“The province is pleased to contribute to improving the safety and the efficiency of the Linkletter Community Centre,” said Minister MacKinley. “Our Island Community Fund investment in this facility has improved the quality of life for residents with new recreational and social opportunities and increased the potential for economic development.”

Interior work at the centre will include new flooring in the main gathering hall, insulation in the main level, purchasing and installing a commercial-grade dishwasher and generator, and upgrades to the exhaust system will be carried out. Improvements to the parking lot will also be performed to increase safety and accessibility to the facility.

“We are pleased to have the support of the federal and provincial governments. The price tag that goes along with our planned improvements is not something our group could carry out alone,” said Mr. David Linkletter, Chairman of the Community of Linkletter. “Our Centre is used on a regular basis and with numerous events and meetings each year, this work will ensure the safety and comfort of our guests.”

In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada announced plans to further modernize Canada’s infrastructure by committing $150 million over two years for the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is delivering the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in Atlantic Canada with an allocation of $16.6 million, of which $2.5 million is being allotted to projects in Prince Edward Island.

The Government of Prince Edward Island is delivering funds to eligible projects through the Island Community Fund, a multi-year funding commitment to address infrastructure needs in communities across the province.

Media Contact: Kim Devine
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