Regional Development Corporation

Federal, provincial governments invest in upgrade to 4 Season Complex (09/11/09)

NB 1775

Nov. 9, 2009

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ST. MARTINS (CNB) - A combined federal/provincial investment of $160,000 for upgrades to the 4 Season Complex in St. Martins was announced on Saturday, Nov. 7, by Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson and Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore.

"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be a partner in this community project," said Jamieson. "This project for St. Martins and the region will allow our people to continue to be active, and our communities to continue to thrive."

Jamieson attended on behalf of Victor Boudreau, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

The federal government is contributing $80,000 through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program, an economic stimulus initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan. The Province of New Brunswick is investing $80,000, while the Village of St. Martins is providing the additional $80,000 required to complete the project.

"Through the Economic Action Plan, our government is taking fast action to reduce the effect of the global economic slowdown," said Moore. "This investment will add to the quality of life of residents in St. Martins and surrounding communities in the Fundy region."

Moore attended on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

This project will help the Village of St. Martins upgrade the hockey rink facilities at the 4 Season Complex. The installation of a specialized refrigeration system will improve the quality and reliability of the rink's ice surface during the winter months.

"The 4 Season Complex is an important part of the community infrastructure for St. Martins and the surrounding region," said St. Martins Mayor Jim Huttges. "We'd like to thank both levels of government for helping us make these upgrades a reality. Both the young people and adults in our community will benefit from an ice rink surface that is consistently available throughout the winter months."

Canada's Economic Action Plan is providing $500 million over two years for the RInC program to support the upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities across the country. RInC is delivered in Atlantic Canada by ACOA. Under RInC, the Government of Canada will fund up to 33 per cent of eligible costs. The remaining funding is leveraged from other project stakeholders, including 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.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, corporate secretary, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Erin Filliter, director of communications, Office of the Minister of State (ACOA); Peta Fussell, senior communications officer, ACOA NB, 506-452-3304; Jim Huttges, mayor, Village of St. Martins, 506-833-2010.

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