Jan. 18, 2010
FAIRFIELD (CNB) - The provincial and federal governments are investing a total of $300,000 in a new community centre in Fairfield. The announcement was made today by Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson and Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore who were joined by representatives of the Fairfield United Baptist Church.
"This investment will provide services for our youth and all community groups; improve the quality of their lives; and help New Brunswickers on our journey toward self-sufficiency," said Jamieson. "The provincial government is proud to be an important partner in this community project for Fairfield and the surrounding area."
Jamieson spoke 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 now to stimulate the economy of communities affected by the global economic slowdown," said Moore. "Our $150,000 investment in this new facility for Fairfield will benefit the community by providing a recreational space that all members of the community can use. This project is a great example of how funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan is making a real difference for communities in New Brunswick."
Moore spoke on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The Fairfield United Baptist Church will build the community centre next to the church. The centre will benefit Fairfield and surrounding communities by providing a facility where groups can hold meetings, provide training and host cultural and community events.
"This is a great day for the community of Fairfield," said Eric Fawcett of the Fairfield Community Centre building committee. "This federal and provincial investment of $300,000 will enable us to construct a new building in a safer location away from a major highway. Fairfield and surrounding communities will benefit greatly from this investment, and we are thankful to our partners for their support."
The federal government contribution of $150,000 comes from the Community Adjustment Fund; an economic stimulus initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan. The provincial government is investing $150,000 and the Fairfield United Baptist Church will provide the remaining $50,000.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation 506-444-4606; Erin Filliter, director of communications, Office of the Minister of State for ACOA, 613-941-7241; Gisèle Savoie, communications, ACOA NB, 506-452-3341.