Recreational Infrastructure to Receive Upgrades in Rural Cape Breton


Government of Canada supports two facilities in Victoria County 


September 9, 2016 – Baddeck, N.S. – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The Honourable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney – Victoria, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced two non-repayable contributions totaling $45,998 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150).

A $30,498 contribution to the Baddeck Curling Club will assist with the replacement of the clubhouse roof as well as converting the refrigeration system to a more environmentally-friendly model. Upgrading the refrigeration system will be more cost-effective, safer and easier to maintain, helping the Club to sustain the building well into the future. The Club will be able to continue to rent the ice to community members, helping to introduce newcomers to the sport, run it’s after school lessons, and host non-member events. The Province of Nova Scotia contributed $17,350 to the project and the Baddeck Curling Club committed $13,149.

A second contribution of $15,500 to the Northern Victoria Community Centre Association will assist with renovations to the facility, including the installation of heat pumps, new exit doors to accommodate fire safety regulations, a lowered ceiling to increase energy efficiency, as well as minor renovations to the building. The community centre is a hub for the Northern Victoria area as it offers a variety of programs, rental space for special functions, and hosts a range of events such as weekly bingo, concerts, fundraisers, entertainment and sporting events. The Municipality of Victoria County is also contributing $12,042 to the project and the Northern Victoria Community Centre Association is providing $5,070 and $2,000 in-kind. 

Both facilities provide a space for local county residents to gather, enjoy physical activity and to socialize. In addition, they provide rental space for events and meetings as well as the opportunity for the community to get involved by volunteering or managing the facilities.


”Investments like these are important contributions to a community’s quality of life. These spaces are gathering places for recreation, conversation and community building. These projects are perfect examples of the Government of Canada’s commitment to invest in infrastructure that makes a difference.

–       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“Upgrades to these two key pieces of community infrastructure ensure that various program activities and events will continue to be available for community members. Thanks to the many volunteers who make the time to care for and strengthen our community organizations. Their efforts and commitment inspire us all.”

–       The Honourable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney – Victoria

“The Baddeck Curling Club is a key institution in the community, both as a recreational facility and a place where people get together to maintain community pride. Upgrades to the roof and the refrigeration system will ensure that the Club continues to serve its critical role for Baddeck and the surrounding area.”

–       Pam Eyking, MLA for Victoria-the Lakes

“With the assistance we received through the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program the Northern Victoria Community Centre was able to carry out meaningful upgrades to the building and make the space more energy efficient. Ensuring the long-term sustainability for community gathering places like this one is part of our commitment to the Municipal Physical Activity Strategy.”

–       Bruce Morrison, Warden, Municipality of the County of Victoria

“The CIP150 Program has allowed us to carry out much needed repairs and equipment upgrades to our facility. The funding allocated to our group was greatly needed as we are a small community with limited resources. The project ensures that these upgrades will allow us to provide a venue to promote the sport of curling for the residents in our area.”

–       Brian Morrison, President, Baddeck Curling Club

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Northern Victoria Community Centre (NVCC) and the residents of northern Victoria County I would like to thank ACOA for its contribution to the enhancement of the NVCC. These upgrades have allowed us to expand the activities we offer into the fall and winter months. We are now positioned to meet the growing and changing needs of our community members.” 

–       David Fraser, Chairmen, Northern Victoria Community Centre Association

Associated Links


Alex Smith Director of Communications and OutreachAtlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Phone: 902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell) E-mail: [email protected]

Brian MorrisonPresidentBaddeck Curling ClubPhone: 902-295-8133 (cell)E-mail: [email protected]

David FraserChairmenNorthern Victoria Community Centre AssociationPhone: 902-285-0279 (cell)E-mail: [email protected]


The CIP150 is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships, while supporting the Government’s priorities to promote a clean-growth economy and ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples.

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