Nov. 30, 2009
CARAQUET (CNB) - The federal and provincial governments are investing almost $2.4 million in Carrefour de la mer to allow it to expand its facilities and offer a wide variety of shows, productions and events to larger audiences.
Hédard Albert, minister of wellness, culture and sport; and Senator Percy Mockler, made the announcement today in Caraquet.
"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be a partner in this important community infrastructure project," said Albert. "These infrastructure upgrades to the Carrefour de la mer will allow the region to attract larger cultural and special events, and strengthen the region's tourism and cultural industry."
Albert attended on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"Through its Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is investing in projects that will make a difference in communities, both today and in the future," said Mockler. "This investment in the expansion of the Carrefour de la mer will provide residents of Caraquet and the surrounding area with a significantly improved facility capable of hosting large shows and special events."
Mockler attended on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and James Moore, minister of Canadian heritage and official languages.
"Our government is proud to support establishments such as the Carrefour de la mer in Caraquet; they play an important role in our communities' cultural life and economy," said Moore. "The expansion and renovation of the existing building includes the addition of a large and modern stage for big productions, which will enhance the quality of artistic performances presented to the public."
The Government of Canada is investing almost $1.3 million in the project, including $680,000 through ACOA under the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), a stimulus initiative that is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, and $600,000 under the Canadian Heritage Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
The Province of New Brunswick will provide $1.1 million, and the Town of Caraquet will provide almost $330,000 to the project, which is valued at $2.7 million.
"On behalf of the Town of Caraquet, I would like to thank both levels of government for this financial assistance that will allow us to strengthen the tourism industry in the region and attract more visitors," said Antoine Landry, mayor of Caraquet. "This project will help stimulate our economy and make the Acadian Peninsula a prime tourism and cultural destination."
The Carrefour de la mer will be expanded to accommodate a stage, dressing rooms for the performers, and storage for stage equipment. The new facilities will be equipped for performing arts and for hosting large events such as festivals, conferences, exhibitions and banquets. This investment will help improve the tourism and cultural products of the Acadian Peninsula, and stimulate the economy of Caraquet and the surrounding area.
Canada's Economic Action Plan will provide a total of $1 billion over two years through CAF to support initiatives that help create and maintain jobs in communities affected by the economic downturn. Atlantic Canada's allocation of $100 million under CAF is administered 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; Stéphanie Bilodeau, senior communications officer, ACOA NB, 506-452-3034; Marc Duguay, executive director, Town of Caraquet, 506-726-2727; Claudine Daigle, director, Regional Communications Atlantic Region, Canadian Heritage, 506-851-3980.