Aug. 19, 2009
NACKAWIC (CNB) - The federal and provincial governments are joining the Town of Nackawic in making a total investment of $202,500 to renovate the Nackawic Arena.
"Projects such as this create jobs and better our communities," said Finance Minister Greg Byrne. "With these facilities, residents can enjoy better health and better qualities of life."
The federal government is investing $69,167 through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program, a key economic stimulus initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan. The provincial government is contributing another $66,667. The Town of Nackawic is investing $66,666 to complete the project.
"The Government of Canada recognizes the need within many Canadian communities to provide better recreational facilities," said Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen. "Through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), our investment in the Town of Nackawic will help stimulate the economy, enhance local services, and contribute to the health and quality of life of the families in this region."
Allen was speaking on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of state responsible for ACOA.
The project will allow the Town of Nackawic to upgrade and repair its arena by replacing the roof; upgrading the lighting; installing a new ceiling over the ice surface; and installing a new heat-recovery system. The project also includes the installation of a Zamboni lift gate.
"On behalf of council and the town, I am pleased that Nackawic was chosen to receive funding under the RinC program," said Nackawic Mayor Rowena Simpson. "Without the federal and provincial governments' financial assistance, the town would not be able to complete these importants upgrades to the Nackawic Arena, such as a new steel roof and lift gate system."
Canada's Economic Action Plan provided $500 million over two years to the RInC Program to support upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities and to encourage increased participation in physical activity and community building. The initial allocation under RInC for Atlantic Canada is $12 million and is delivered in the region by ACOA.
Municipalities, First Nations governments, community organizations and other not-for-profit agencies in Atlantic Canada that have eligible projects that can be completed before March 31, 2011, are invited to submit their proposals.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jordan O'Brien, Communications New Brunswick, 506-457-4999; Erin Filliter, Office of the Minister of State (ACOA), 613-941-7241; Ted Parisé, communications, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3917.