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July 9, 2013
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Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island announce support for infrastructure projects in Eastern PEI

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development

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 infrastructure investments for three projects in Eastern PEI.

“I am pleased to announce our Government’s support for these three Eastern PEI communities,” said Minister Shea. “Coming from a small rural community, I know how important community facilities are in creating and maintaining strong and prosperous communities, especially in rural PEI. I am proud to be part of a Government that understands the need to invest in our communities and continues to show real support through these important infrastructure investments.”

In total, the Government of Canada, through ACOA, will invest $74,771.60 from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Government of Prince Edward Island will invest $55,975 under the Island Community Fund. Community proponents have each made contributions to their respective projects.

“The Government of Prince Edward Island has made a commitment to enhance infrastructure to these rural facilities through the Island Community Fund,” said Minister MacKinley. “Investments in community safety infrastructure and recreation are key to the quality of life for Island residents.”

• The Village of Murray Harbour will receive $46,650 from the Government of Canada and $33,000 from the Government of Prince Edward Island for extensive upgrades to the Murray Harbour Fire Hall. Work will include electrical upgrades, insulation, window and door replacements, roof work, and specialized firefighting equipment.

• The Northumberland Recreation Association will receive $4,072.84 from the Government of Canada and $3,100 from the Government of Prince Edward Island to replace the arena scoreboard and install a new clock.

• The Community of Central Kings will receive $24,048.76 from the Government of Canada and $19,075 from the Government of Prince Edward Island to carry out upgrades to the Boughton River Park. Work included enhancements to the park to accommodate a multi-use sport court.

“The time had come that our facility was no longer able to meet the needs of efficient services and best serve our residents,” said Allan Glover, Deputy Fire Chief, Murray Harbour Fire Department. “With the support of the federal and provincial governments, we are able to carry out significant upgrades and improvements to our existing building that will allow us to maximize essential services and effectively serve the village and surrounding communities.”

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is delivering the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in Atlantic Canada with an allocation of $16.6 million, and up to $2.5 million is being invested in Prince Edward Island. In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada announced this infrastructure program with a commitment of $150 million over two years.

The Prince Edward Island Government 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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