Two Rural Recreation Facilities to Receive Infrastructure Upgrades

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Government of Canada supports enhancements to the Bridgetown Legion and Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Park

November 24, 2016 – Bridgetown, NS – Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency

Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, today announced contributions totalling $36,855 for two infrastructure projects in Bridgetown. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #33 (Bridgetown Legion) and the Municipality of the County of Annapolis will receive funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Today’s announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

A $19,955 contribution will enable the Bridgetown Legion to undertake renovations to the Legion’s main floor washrooms and re-shingle the domed section of the roof. The Legion, a venerable town institution since 1928, is a focal point for many of Bridgetown’s community activities. In addition to providing support and comradeship to Canadian veterans and their families, it serves as a gathering place for social and youth events along with fundraising activities. The Bridgetown Legion is also providing $19,959 in assistance to the project.

A $16,900 contribution to the Municipality of the County of Annapolis will support upgrades to Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Park. A floating dock will be added to improve access to the Annapolis River, enhancing recreational activities such as kayaking, canoeing, fishing and other excursions. Jubilee Park is recognized as a premiere recreational hot spot in the community, hosting large-scale events such as Canada Day celebrations, the Bridgetown Triathlon and the River Festival, which attracts over 1,000 people. The Province of Nova Scotia is contributing $9,000 through Communities, Culture and Heritage, and the Municipality of the County of Annapolis is providing $4,000 as well as $3,905 through fundraising.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada, together with the Province of Nova Scotia, is committed to investing in projects that stimulate the region’s economy by highlighting its natural beauty and making it more accessible to visitors and residents. The positive influence of improved recreational infrastructure in rural areas is an asset that helps deepen a community’s pride and strengthen its economy.”

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

“Meeting places for veterans, residents and visitors are important components of any community. Today in Bridgetown, the Government of Canada’s support is helping to maintain the prominence of respected local institutions. These are public spaces that attract family, friends and neighbours to share ideas, to explore opportunities and to celebrate and honour a shared commitment to community prosperity.”

     – Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova 

“The Annapolis River has connected Annapolis Valley communities for 400 years, sustaining agriculture and industry,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We’re pleased to partner with the Government of Canada on this floating dock at Jubilee Park. It will continue the tradition of the dock in Bridgetown in serving Annapolis County residents and visitors well.”

     – Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia

“The funding announced today by the Government of Canada supports the local volunteer effort that engages citizens with both our County and Provincial government. Our community resiliency is built on this important relationship – these community projects demonstrate respect and gratitude for our veterans and their legacy that enables us to look to the future. Our citizens have repeatedly proven their commitment and dedication to participating in a shared approach to local prosperity and community life. Thank you and congratulations!”

     – Timothy Habinski, Warden, Municipality of the County of Annapolis

“The funds provided through the Federal Government’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 33, Bridgetown was seen as a much needed opportunity to upgrade and maintain the infrastructure of the building. The Legion and Memorial Community Centre serve a wide range of veteran and community events. It was great to see the Federal Government, the Municipality of the County of Annapolis and of course the citizens pull together to make the entire project a reality.”

     – Wayne Buckler, Treasurer, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #33

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Contacts

Alex Smith Director of Communications and OutreachAtlantic Canadian Opportunities AgencyPhone: 902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell)Email: [email protected]

John FergusonChief Administrative OfficerMunicipality of the County AnnapolisPhone: 902-532-3130Fax: 902-532-2096Email: [email protected]

Wayne BucklerTreasurerRoyal Canadian Legion Branch #33Phone: 902-665-2681Email: [email protected]

Nicole Watkins-CampbellCommunications AdvisorCommunities, Culture and HeritageGovernment of Nova ScotiaPhone: 902-424-5381Email: [email protected]

 Background

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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