March 22, 2006
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The Teen Resource Centre (TRC) for Youth in Greater Saint John will develop a new facility, thanks to an investment of $1.07 million under the Canada-New Brunswick Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CNBMRIF).
The joint federal, provincial and municipal infrastructure project to help TRC develop a new facility was announced today by Premier Bernard Lord; Peter MacKay, minister of foreign affairs and minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); and Joel Levesque, president of the board of directors of TRC.
"I am pleased to see that this renewed partnership with the federal government and the Teen Resource Centre for Youth will enable us to improve the quality of life for the youth of Saint John and New Brunswickers," Lord said. "This funding will help us achieve government's goal of being the inclusive province. This will help reduce the poverty rate in New Brunswick, which is one of the key components of our Five in Five Initiative."
"The strength of Canada lies in the strength of our people and our communities, and our youth represent that future strength," MacKay said. "Investments in youth-centred facilities such as The Teen Resource Centre are crucial for our young people, helping them make the most of their potential. The Government of Canada believes that by joining forces with provincial and municipal governments, we can work with our youth to help them reach their goals."
The project, funded under the CNBMRIF, involves the development of a new facility in the former St. Joseph's School on Richmond Street in Saint John. The new facility will allow TRC to expand existing programs that will contribute to the quality of life for youth in Saint John. TRC provides youth with access to information, services and programs on a wide range of needs and interests, including: recreation, employment, housing, health and wellness, self-development, education, and crisis management.
The federal and provincial governments will each contribute $474,873 towards the project, with TRC providing $129,513. In addition, the Rotary Club financed the purchase of the property for TRC.
"This is an important announcement for the city's young people," Levesque said. "The new TRC will provide critical opportunities for youth to develop the tools they need to become productive citizens."
The CNBMRIF agreement will invest $99 million in communities across New Brunswick over five years. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each investing $33 million. The remaining $33 million will come from local governments whose projects win CNBMRIF support.
In New Brunswick, ACOA is responsible for federal implementation of the program, while the Department of theEnvironment, in conjunction with the Regional Development Corporation, is responsible for the provincial jurisdiction.
More information on federal and New Brunswick infrastructure programs can be found at www.infrastructure.gc.ca and www.gnb.ca.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Lisa Ferguson, communications, Environment, 506-453-3700; Chisholm Pothier, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286; Ann Kenney, acting regional communications manager, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3687.