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April 8, 2013
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Federal and Provincial investments support infrastructure improvements to the Jacques Cartier Memorial Arena

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The Jacques Cartier Memorial Arena will soon see a reduction to the facility’s energy consumption thanks to government support and new energy-efficient equipment.

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 for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development, today announced government support for this project.

“The Jacques Cartier Memorial Arena is a natural gathering point in the community of Alberton. I am pleased to announce our Government’s support through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for the purchase of improved equipment that will make the arena more energy-efficient,” said Minister Shea.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, will invest $17,220 from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Government of Prince Edward Island will invest $13,530 through the Island Community Fund. The Jacques Cartier Memorial Arena Inc. will contribute $10,250 to the project costs.

“The province is pleased to contribute funds to improving the energy efficiency of the Jacques Cartier Memorial Arena,” said Minister MacKinley. “Our Island Community Fund investment in this important community facility increases the potential for economic development in the area and it provides residents with recreational and social opportunities.”

The Jacques Cartier Memorial Arena Inc. is the not-for-profit organization that owns and operates the facility. This project will involve upgrades and improvements to the arena including installation of energy-efficient lighting, an ice resurfacing system called RinkSense, and upgrades to the facility’s sound system.

“We are pleased to receive federal and provincial government support for this important infrastructure project,” said Alan Rennie, Past President, Jacques Cartier Memorial Arena Inc. “This arena is very important to our community. These improved equipment additions will provide many benefits to the operation of the arena, and ensure its longevity for many years to come.”

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.

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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