May 3, 2010
EEL RIVER CROSSING (CNB) - The federal and provincial governments are investing a total of more than $300,000 in improvements to an outdoor skating rink in Eel River Crossing.
The announcement was made Saturday, May 1, by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault and Senator Percy Mockler.
"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be a partner in this important community project," said Arseneault. "This project for Eel River Crossing and the region will allow our people to continue to be active and our communities to continue to thrive."
Arseneault was speaking on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also the minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"Our government, through the Economic Action Plan, is taking important steps to stimulate the economies of communities hit hard by the recent economic slowdown," said Mockler. "This investment [by the federal government] of more than $150,000 in stimulus funding to help upgrade this skating rink will generate local economic activity, support jobs and help ensure a healthy and active quality of life for Eel River Crossing's residents for years to come."
Mocker was speaking on behalf of National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also the minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and minister for the Atlantic Gateway.
The federal government is contributing $154,805 through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RinC) Program, an economic stimulus initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan. The provincial government and the Village of Eel River Crossing are each investing $150,000 to complete the project. The federal and provincial funding will support the construction of a rigid roof over the rink.
"The municipality of Eel River Crossing is pleased with the support provided by the federal and provincial governments," said Eel River Crossing Mayor Denis Savoie. "This project is important for all our residents. Our youth will have access to an improved recreational facility, which will also be a great asset for our summer festival."
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 across Canada. The RInC program, which concludes on March 31, 2011, is delivered in Atlantic Canada by ACOA.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Gisèle Savoie, communications officer, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - New Brunswick, 506-452-3341; Denis Savoie, mayor, Eel River Crossing, 506-826-6080.