July 15, 2009
BOUCTOUCHE (CNB) - A new civic centre will soon benefit the residents of Bouctouche and Kent County, thanks to the joint support of $10 million from the governments of Canada and New Brunswick.
Funding for the centre was announced today by Premier Shawn Graham, Minister of Veterans Affairs Greg Thompson, and Bouctouche Mayor Aldéo Saulnier.
"Ensuring that we have good recreational facilities will help improve the quality of life for residents of Bouctouche and Kent County, strengthen our communities, and help us work toward self-sufficiency," said Graham. "The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be a partner in this important infrastructure project for Bouctouche and Kent County.
The centre will accommodate diverse events and shows such as commercial and industrial expositions, conventions, arts and crafts shows, circuses and rodeos, animal shows, reunions, and banquets. The centre will also house the town hall, and will offer multi-purpose rooms for the community.
"Our government is supporting projects such as this one because they get shovels in the ground quickly to stimulate the economy and create jobs," said Thompson. "The centre will do both those things in the short and long term, while also helping to strengthen the community and the quality of life we are proud of in New Brunswick."
The project will result in increasing the town's economic and social dynamics while promoting a sense of community for the residents of Kent County and Bouctouche. The new facility will include a National Hockey League-sized ice surface with seating for 1,000 spectators, an indoor walking/jogging track, and multipurpose community space for youth and the elderly.
"It is a great announcement for the people of Bouctouche and the region," said Saulnier. "The centre will provide much-needed infrastructure, and will generate a boost of pride and sense of belonging for the community."
Federal funding for the project will come from the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Government of Canada is providing up to $5 million toward the project, the Province of New Brunswick is contributing up to $5 million, and the Town of Bouctouche and the civic centre committee will provide the remaining funds.
Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government established the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects.
Funding will be available for two years for projects that will begin during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons. This initiative is structured to provide funding and get work started quickly.
Canada and New Brunswick are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently so that construction can begin as soon as possible.
For more information, visit Creating Jobs Building Communities. More information about Canada's Economic Action Plan may be found online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Chris Day, press secretary, Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, 613-991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, 613-948-1148.