Sept. 11, 2009
RICHIBUCTO (CNB) - Richibucto and Rexton residents will soon enjoy upgraded recreational facilities thanks to the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, a key Government of Canada economic stimulus initiative. Premier Shawn Graham and Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), made the funding announcement in Richibucto today.
"With these investments, our government is taking action to promote Rexton and Richibucto as great places to be, to live, and to earn a living," said Graham. "These improved facilities will support the population growth necessary to keep New Brunswick moving toward self-sufficiency by 2026."
Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government is investing $102,500 in the Rexton project and is committed to invest $322,500 in the Richibucto project, while the provincial government is investing $460,000 through the Regional Development Corporation. The municipalities of Rexton and Richibucto are contributing $460,000.
"Our government is taking steps to reduce the effect of the economic slowdown," said Ashfield. "Through the RInC program we are supporting upgrades to existing recreational facilities across New Brunswick. Our investment of $425,000 in these recreational facilities will add to the quality of life in both Rexton and Richibucto."
The Village of Rexton will modernize, repair and expand its community recreation centre. A major portion of this project involves repairs to the roof and installation of a new heating and cooling system.
The J. Charles Daigle Arena in Richibucto will also be renovated, and will provide better access for the public. The project involves upgrades to the roof, additional storage, an emergency exit, a new ticket sales area, and an office area for community organizations.
Canada's Economic Action Plan is providing $500 million over two years for 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 being delivered in the region by ACOA.
Under RInC, the Government of Canada typically funds up to 33 per cent of eligible costs. The remaining funding is to be leveraged from other project stakeholders, such as provincial, territorial, municipal and other partners. The federal contribution to any project receiving funding under the program is not to exceed $1 million. Projects are selected on the basis of merit and construction readiness, and must be completed before March 31, 2011.
Municipalities, First Nations governments, community organizations and other not-for-profit entities in Atlantic Canada that have eligible projects that can be completed before March 31, 2011, are invited to submit their proposals.
Details on project eligibility and how to submit an application may be found on the ACOA website.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, corporate secretary, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Erin Filliter, press secretary, Office of the Minister of State (ACOA), 613-941-7241; Ted Parisé, senior communications officer, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3917.