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SYDNEY (NS) – December 12, 2011 – The Government of Canada, through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC), is working to help communities improve local infrastructure by providing financial assistance for improvements to community centres.
“Our government is pleased to work with not-for-profit community groups to help stimulate the economy and create jobs,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “These centres are a focal point for their communities. They enhance the quality of life enjoyed by local residents and families and the upgrading of these facilities generates additional economic activity.”
ECBC’s community centres initiative provides funding on a cost-shared basis to a maximum of $20,000, for a wide range of capital improvements. In 2011, a total of $292,258 was provided to 25 community centres across Cape Breton Island. The total cost of the various capital improvements exceeds $1 million.
The following not-for-profit centres received assistance in 2011 for interior and exterior renovations and improvements:
• Boisdale Volunteer Fire Department – $11,355;
• Italian Community Club (Dominion) – $9,000;
• Frenchvale Road Fire Hall – $14,318;
• Glace Bay Senior Citizens and Pensioners Club – $8,125;
• St. Margaret Community Hall (Grand Mira) – $11,654;
• Coastal Discovery Centre (Main-à-Dieu) – $8,200;
• Royal Canadian Legion Branch 8 (Sydney Mines) – $20,000;
• Port Morien Community Centre – $10,000;
• Southend Community Centre (Sydney) – $20,000;
• Polish Village Community Hall (Sydney) – $20,000;
• Grand Narrows Ferrymens’ Hall – $10,000;
• Bay St. Lawrence Community Centre – $20,000;
• Englishtown Community Hall – $9,300;
• Middle River Community Hall – - $3,500;
• South Haven Hall – $6,500;
• Acadiaville Community Centre (West Arichat) – $14,606;
• Janvrin’s Island Community Centre – $15,525;
• Lakeside Community Hall (Sampsonville) – $9,100;
• Little Anse / Sampson Cove Social Action Centre – $8,000;
• Tara Lynne Community Centre (River Bourgeois) – $6,000;
• Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre – $20,000;
• Cranton Cross Road Community Centre (Margaree) – $20,000;
• Inverness Miners’ Museum – $9,075;
• Scotsville School of Crafts (Lake Ainslie) – $3,855; and
• North Mountain District Community Hall (Marble Mountain) – $4,145.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
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