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July 19, 2013
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Cardigan and Brudenell benefit from Federal and Provincial infrastructure investments
Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development
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“Our Government understands that community-based facilities contribute to the quality of life in small communities and large urban centres across Canada,” said Minister Shea. “I am pleased to announce infrastructure investments in Cardigan and Brudenell for projects that will promote history, culture and tourism in this area of beautiful eastern PEI.”
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is investing $50,309 from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Government of Prince Edward Island is investing $39,800 in the projects under the Island Community Fund and community proponents have also made contributions to their respective projects.
“We are pleased to invest in these projects in partnership with community groups and the federal government,” said Minister MacKinley. “Through the Island Community Fund, we are helping fund infrastructure improvements, revitalizing communities and creating new social and economic opportunities for rural residents.”
• The Cardigan Area Heritage Association Inc. will receive $7,077 from the Government of Canada and $5,600 from the Government of Prince Edward Island to provide internal and external repairs and upgrades to the Cardigan Area Heritage Centre. Work includes shingling and roof modifications, new windows, floor replacements, as well as energy efficient electrical improvements.
• The Village of Cardigan will receive $10,481 from the Government of Canada and $8,200 from the Government of Prince Edward Island. This project will include the construction of a basement under a portion of the existing Old Train Station which houses the Cardigan Farmers Market.
• The Community of Brudenell will receive $32,750 from the Government of Canada and $26,000 from the Government of Prince Edward Island to upgrade the Old Brudenell Schoolhouse Community Centre. The project will include the replacement of the current foundation, installation of energy efficient heating, as well as plumbing improvements in the kitchen and washrooms. Outdoor work will include shingle and window upgrades and landscaping.
"The Cardigan Heritage Centre is an important part of our community as it brings the history of Cardigan and the surrounding communities to life with its displays of artefacts, veteran's pictures, shipbuilding information and pioneer family genealogy,” said Nora Macdonald, Chair of the Cardigan Area Heritage Association Inc. “We are thankful to receive support from the federal and provincial governments for helping us improve our centre so that visitors and Islanders can enjoy their experience here."
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 projects through the Island Community Fund, a multi-year funding commitment to address infrastructure needs in communities across the province.