Aug. 17, 2009
NIGADOO (CNB) - The federal and New Brunswick governments and the Village of Nigadoo are investing a total of $593,658 to renovate the Sportplexe Richelieu.
The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is contributing $199,552 under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program, a key economic stimulus initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan. The provincial government, through the Regional Development Corporation, is providing $171,557, while the Village of Nigadoo is contributing the other $222,549.
"This is a great announcement for our region," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "These improvements are important for the Sportplexe. With the current global economic situation, the jobs created by this work will also be a big boost to our region."
The project will enable the village to repair a leaking roof and replace damaged insulation in the Sportplexe Richelieu. The improvements will also help reduce energy costs. The Sportplexe Richelieu, built in 1975, is a year-round recreational facility. In 2004, it was transformed from a hockey arena to an indoor soccer field.
"Our government understands that investments in recreational infrastructure, such as the Sportplexe Richelieu, help to build strong, healthy and vibrant communities," said Keith Ashfield, minister of state responsible for ACOA. "Through the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, federal funding of nearly $200,000 to this project will help stimulate the economy, enhance local services, and contribute to the health and quality of life of the families in Nigadoo and surrounding areas."
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 municipal council of Nigadoo would like to thank the federal and provincial governments for their financial support in this project," said Nigadoo Mayor Gilberte Boudreau. "We have been working for several years toward accomplishing this project, and the investments announced today will ensure the viability of the complex."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jordan O'Brien, Communications New Brunswick, 506-457-4999; Erin Filliter, Office of the Minister of State, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), 613-941-7241; Lisa Gautreau, communications, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3118; Aline Morrison, Village of Nigadoo, 506-542-2626.