Nov. 10, 2009
UPPER MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Residents of the 16 communities that form the Rural Community of Upper Miramichi will soon benefit from a new multifunctional community centre, thanks to investments of close to $600,000 from all three levels of government.
Minister of Human Resources Rick Brewer, Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon, and Scott Clowater, mayor of the Rural Community of Upper Miramichi, made the announcement today.
"Our investment in this multifunctional centre will provide services for our youth and all community groups, improve the quality of their lives, and help us on our journey toward self-sufficiency," said Brewer. "The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be an important partner in this community project for Upper Miramichi."
Brewer attended on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"The Government of Canada, through the Economic Action Plan, is taking steps to stimulate the economy, create jobs in rural New Brunswick, and support communities hit hardest by the global economic downturn," said O'Neill-Gordon. "Our investment of more than $200,000 through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) will allow the Rural Community of Upper Miramichi to create employment opportunities by constructing a new 325-sq.-metre (3,500-sq.-ft.) multifunctional community centre. In addition to municipal offices, the new centre will provide a venue to deliver essential community services to youth, women and local workers."
O'Neill-Gordon attended on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The project involves the construction of a multifunctional community centre for Boiestown and surrounding areas, designed to help foster economic and social activity in the community. The centre will provide space for youth to promote and undertake entrepreneurial initiatives in the area. The facility will also make available a location for local unemployed workers to prepare for employment opportunities. Local economic development agencies and municipal staff will use offices to provide services to the 16 communities of the rural community.
"Since incorporation in 2008, our major focus has been on economic development for Upper Miramichi," said Clowater. "Creating the Upper Miramichi Community Development Centre brings many of the key players together to make this happen. We are excited to partner with the federal and provincial governments to provide a place for entrepreneurs to have access to information on business startups, receive counselling and training, and participate in networking opportunities. This is a significant step forward for Upper Miramichi."
The Government of Canada will contribute $200,000 toward the project under the CAF, a key economic stimulus initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan. The Province of New Brunswick is also investing $200,000, while the Rural Community of Upper Miramichi will provide the remaining $181,000.
Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $1 billion over two years for the CAF program to help create jobs and maintain employment in communities affected by the global economic downturn. In Atlantic Canada, CAF is delivered by ACOA.
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; Scott Clowater, mayor, Rural Community of Upper Miramichi, 506-369-9810.