Regional Development Corporation

Federal, provincial governments investing in Campbellton sporting, recreational complex (09/08/17)

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Aug. 17, 2009

CAMPBELLTON (CNB) - The federal and New Brunswick governments are investing a total of $642,500 to renovate the Regional Memorial Civic Centre in Campbellton.

The federal government, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is contributing $322,500 under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program. The provincial government, through the Regional Development Corporation (RDC), is investing the other $320,000.

"These investments will revitalize this important facility and ensure that our residents may continue to live a healthy lifestyle," said Campbellton-Restigouche Centre MLA Roy Boudreau. "With the current global economic situation, the jobs created by this work will also be a big boost to our region."

He was speaking on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also the minister responsible for the RDC.

"Our government, through Canada's Economic Action Plan, is taking steps to reduce the effect of the economic slowdown," said Keith Ashfield, minister responsible for ACOA. "Through the RInC Program, we are supporting upgrades to existing recreational facilities across New Brunswick. Our investment of $322,500 in Campbellton's Civic Centre will help stimulate the economy, enhance local services, and contribute to the health and quality of life of the families in this region."

The RInC Program is providing $500 million over two years to support the upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities, and to encourage increased participation in physical activity and community building.

The project will enable the City of Campbellton to undertake major renovations and upgrade the 17-year-old civic centre. The complex was originally designed to provide training facilities for Canada's national teams and promote recreational and sporting opportunities for all age groups. The project includes structural and mechanical upgrades to the arena and ice plant; energy improvements; and upgrades to the pool area.

"The City of Campbellton is pleased to have the support of the federal and provincial governments on this very important restructuring of our civic centre," said Campbellton Mayor Bruce MacIntosh. "This funding will permit us to make our building more energy efficient and add new components to help provide new services to Campbellton and this region."


MEDIA CONTACTS: Jordan O'Brien, Communications New Brunswick, 506-457-4999; Erin Filliter, Office of the Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 613-941-7241; Lisa Gautreau, communications, ACOA New Brunswick; 506-452-3118; Campbellton Mayor Bruce MacIntosh, 506-789-2727.