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April 3, 2013
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Federal and Provincial governments support infrastructure improvements for North Shore communities

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development

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The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Honourable Ron MacKinley, Prince Edward Island Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development, along with community group representatives today announced funding for infrastructure upgrades for the Tracadie Community Centre, the North Shore Community Centre and Stanhope Place, and the Brackley Beach Community Centre.

“Having solid community infrastructure is a key part of our Government’s plan to supporting individuals and families. I know how important community facilities are in creating and maintaining strong and vibrant communities, especially in rural PEI,” said Minister Shea. “By improving and strengthening these assets, communities like Tracadie, Brackley Beach and Stanhope can plan for long-term growth, jobs and prosperity.”

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, will invest a total of $46,850 from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in the projects announced today. The Government of Prince Edward Island will invest $59,700 through the Island Community Fund and an additional $31,000 contribution through Skills PEI. Community proponents will also make contributions to their respective projects.

“The provincial government is pleased to support infrastructure improvements at these important community facilities,” said Minister MacKinley. “Through the Island Community Fund we are improving the quality of life for Islanders and creating an environment for local business development.”

“With support from the federal and provincial governments, we were able to put plans into place to transform our facility into a more energy-efficient, multi-purpose centre,” said Mr. Barry Schieck, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “These renovations will enable us to offer a wide variety of events and activities, and in turn, meet the needs of our surrounding communities today and well into the future.”

• The Tracadie Community Centre will receive $23,550 from the Government of Canada and $80,500 from the Government of Prince Edward Island to carry out renovations to its community centre. Work will include electrical and plumbing upgrades, improvements to the heating system, and replacement of flooring in the main hall and washroom area. This project included support from Skills PEI.

• The Community of North Shore will receive $17,550 from the Government of Canada to carry out upgrades to two of its municipal buildings. The North Shore Community Centre will benefit from updated conference furniture, acoustical upgrades and signage. Stanhope Place will also undertake roof and window replacements. The Government of Prince Edward Island, through the Island Community Fund, will contribute $5,800 toward the project renovations at Stanhope Place.

• The Brackley Point Women’s Institute will receive $5,750 from the Government of Canada and $4,400 from the Government of Prince Edward Island for improvements to the Brackley Beach Community Centre. Work will include the installation of heat pump units and electrical heaters.

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. ACOA is delivering the program in Atlantic Canada with an allocation of $16.6 million, with $2.5 million being allocated to Prince Edward Island.

The Prince Edward Island Government is delivering funds to eligible infrastructure 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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