Sept. 11, 2009
SAINT-ANTOINE (CNB) - Saint-Paul-de-Kent residents will soon enjoy newly renovated and repaired 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 announcement today.
"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be a partner in this project," said Graham. "These infrastructure upgrades will allow our people to continue to be active, and our communities to continue to thrive."
Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government is investing $40,667, while the provincial government is investing $50,000. The Conseil Récréatif de Saint-Paul is contributing the remainder to complete the project.
"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 more than $40,000 in this recreational facility will add to the quality of life in Saint-Paul-de-Kent."
The project involves pouring a cement platform on the ice surface of the outside skating rink, renovating and repairing various buildings and the ball field, as well as improving the parking area and canteen building. These improvements will enhance the community's recreational opportunities, as well as create employment.
Canada's Economic Action Plan provided $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 delivered in the region by ACOA.
Under RInC, the Government of Canada will typically fund up to 33 per cent of eligible costs. The remaining funding will 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 will not exceed $1 million. Projects will be 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 program backgrounder 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, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 613-941-7241, Ted Parisé, senior communications officer, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3917.