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October 16, 2009
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Charlottetown Civic Centre Receives Recreational Infrastructure Funding

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

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The Charlottetown Civic Centre will undergo $184,000 in renovations the next few months, thanks to an investment of nearly $77,280 under the Province’s Island Community Fund (ICF), a new provincially funded infrastructure program, and $60,720 from the Government of Canada’s Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program, a key federal economic stimulus initiative under its Economic Action Plan. The Civic Centre Management Inc. will provide the balance of $46,000.

The Honourable Carolyn Bertram, PEI Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, on behalf of the Province of PEI, and the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), made the announcement today in Charlottetown.

“The Charlottetown Civic Centre is a legacy building and has become a landmark for Islanders,” said Minister Bertram. “The Province is pleased to provide funding to help sustain this sporting and trade facility and provide a more diverse atmosphere for hosting events in our capital region.”

The project includes the construction of a new dedicated entrance to the Trade Centre, which will allow for multiple events to occur simultaneously and will also reduce heat loss from the exterior doors. Also, a new event planning and staging area will be built to allow for the efficient production of the many events hosted by the Civic Centre.

“Through our government’s Economic Action Plan, we continue to provide timely and targeted stimulus to communities across Canada,” said Minister Ashfield. “The Civic Centre has a history of bringing together families, friends and neighbours to learn new skills, exchange ideas, get fit and healthy, and have fun. This investment will allow the Civic Centre to better attract functions and events on a year-round basis.”

The Government of Prince Edward Island has committed a total of $27.5 million in ICF funding for six years. For more information on funding under ICF, visit the Infrastructure Secretariat website at and click on ‘Programs.’

A total of $500 million over two years has been set aside through RInC. The Government of Canada’s new infrastructure program supports upgrades and repairs of recreational facilities in Canadian communities. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) delivers RInC in Atlantic Canada. For details on project eligibility and how to submit an application, please refer to the program backgrounder on ACOA’s website at

To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit

Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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