May 12, 2009
ST. STEPHEN (CNB) - A new, $18-million civic centre will be built in St. Stephen, supported by financial investments by the provincial and federal governments. The construction of the Charlotte County Civic Centre was announced here this morning by Premier Shawn Graham and Greg Thompson, minister of veterans affairs.
"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be a partner in an important infrastructure project for St. Stephen and Charlotte County," said Graham. "Ensuring that we have good recreational facilities will help improve the quality of life for our residents, strengthen our communities, and help us work toward self-sufficiency."
The centre will include an NHL-sized ice surface with seating for 1,500 spectators; an indoor aquatic facility with an eight-lane, 25-metre training pool, including a free form play and therapeutic section; an indoor walking / jogging track; and a multi-purpose community space.
"Our government realizes that investing in infrastructure is one of the best ways to stimulate our economy, create jobs and build stronger communities," said Thompson. "The Charlotte County Civic Centre will do all these things. It is a perfect example of how we can keep New Brunswick working in the short- and long- term while also ensuring a bright and prosperous future for our community."
Under its Economic Action Plan (www.actionplan.gc.ca), the federal government is accelerating and expanding the existing investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in stimulus funding over two years. The provincial government is working closely with the federal government to ensure that these infrastructure funds are spent on priority projects across New Brunswick.
"The federal and provincial governments recognize our residents' and the town's commitment towards the civic centre project by providing much-needed financial contributions," said St. Stephen Mayor Jed Purcel. "It is government at its finest."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Richard Roik, communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 506-995-6264; Chris Day, Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, 613-991-0700.