SYDNEY (NS) – February 19, 2010 – The Government of Canada, through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) is investing more than $1.8 million in 20 community and recreational infrastructure projects on Cape Breton Island under Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway.
“Investments by the Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation throughout Cape Breton are delivering on our Government’s commitment to assist communities to overcome economic challenges and build on their natural strengths,” said Minister MacKay. “These projects are providing timely, targeted stimulus to foster local economic activity and support jobs by upgrading and renewing community facilities.”
These investments are being made through either the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program or the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), both of which are key economic stimulus initiatives under the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The total cost of these projects, including the federal contribution, represents an investment of more than $5.3 million in local communities.
Nineteen projects are receiving a total of $1,363,717 under RInC. In addition, one project is receiving CAF funding valued at $500,000. A detailed list of the projects is found below.
These projects are in addition to the 36 Cape Breton Island RInC and CAF projects that have been announced over the last six months representing a total Government of Canada investment of more than $8 million.
Canada’s Economic Action Plan provides funding for the CAF program, which delivers timely and targeted stimulus to help communities and industries meet the challenges arising from the impact of the global economic slowdown. The RInC program supports the upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities and encourages increased participation in physical activity and community building.
For information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Projects
Sydney Mines District and Community Centre, Sydney Mines: Capital improvements to the local arena. Total Project Cost: $57,000; RInC Contribution: $19,000; Contact: Charles Bowne, 902-736-9234.
L’Ardoise Adult Recreation Club, L’Ardoise: Upgrades to an existing baseball field in L'Ardoise and the installation of playground equipment. Total Project Cost: $123,672; RInC Contribution: $41,739; Contact: Andree Sampson, 902-587-2175.
Felix Marchand Education Centre, Louisdale: Renovations include playground equipment, landscaping, the construction of stairs for easy access to the soccer field, drainage and the construction of a walking track. Total Project Cost: $123,000; RInC Contribution: $40,996; Contact: Richard Britten, 902-345-2560.
Glace Bay Recreational Society, Glace Bay: Upgrades to the Bayplex facility in Glace Bay including energy conservation measures and new dressing rooms. Total Project Cost: $809,980; RInC Contribution: $269,966; Contact: Clarence Routhledge, 902-849-6066.
Camp Rankin, St. Peter’s: Upgrades to buildings including roofing, windows, doors, showers, electrical work, site work to enhance the playground area, walkways and signage. Total Project Cost: $126,866; RInC Contribution: $37,308; Contact: Douglas Landry,
Strait Regional School Board: Upgrading recreational infrastructure at Strait Area Recreation and Education Centre, Dalbrae Academy and Tamarac Education Centre. This includes the development of a fitness area in the gymnasium, renovations to an existing softball field, relocation of an outdoor play area, outdoor beach volleyball courts, outdoor fitness facilities and improved access to a soccer and track field. Total Project Cost: $164,060; RInC Contribution: $54,666; Contact: Terry Doyle, 902-747-3631.
Centre 200, Sydney: Roof replacement at Centre 200. Total Project Cost: $800,000; RInC Contribution: $169,207; Contact: Marie Walsh, 902-563-7979.
Strait Area Curling Club, Port Hawkesbury: The project will increase the number of ice surfaces from two to three and replace the existing structure over the rink area. Total Project Cost: $225,000; RInC Contribution: $75,000; Contact: Peter Waugh, 902-227-5391.
Lighthouse of Cape Breton Youth Centre, Glace Bay: Upgrades to the youth club building to provide a gymnasium and an expansion of the existing skateboard park. Total Project Cost: $86,200; RInC Contribution: $28,730; Contact: David Sawler, 902-371-3734.
Dr. TL Sullivan Junior High School, Florence: Development of a soccer field/track and a multi-purpose court area. Total Project Cost: $204,105; RInC Contribution: $68,604; Contact: Charles Yorke, 902-736-6273.
Chapel Island Band Council, Chapel Island: Upgrades to a tennis court, the installation of basketball nets, upgrading a walking trail and a running track. Total Project Cost: $61,436; RInC Contribution: $20,650; Contact: Kenny Basque, 902-535-3317.
Eskasoni First Nation, Eskasoni: Construction of three playgrounds and a skatepark. Total Project Cost: $218,148; RInC Contribution: $72,731; Contact: Mary Toney, 902-379-2800.
Mountainview School, Howie Centre: Installation of new playground equipment and the creation of a park area and garden. Total Project Cost: $55,000; RInC Contribution: $18,765; Contact: Jeannie Stone, 902-562-8880.
Dr. Bernie MacLean Cultural and Recreation Centre, Inverness: Capital improvements to the local arena. Total Project Cost: $354,650; RInC Contribution: $118,650; Contact: Leslie MacKinnon, 902-756-3721.
Breton Education Centre, New Waterford: New bleachers for the gymnasium. Total Project Cost: $81,000; RInC Contribution: $27,650; Contact: Bruce MacDonald,
South West Margaree Recreation Association: Improvements to the playground, baseball field and the storage building. Total Project Cost: $40,267; RInC Contribution: $13,854; Contact: Lawrence MacLellan, 902-248-2180.
Tompkins Playground and Recreation Society, Reserve Mines: Playground enhancements. Total Project Cost: $16,306; RInC Contribution: $5,868; Contact: Roberta Sheppard, 902-849-3803.
St. Peter’s and Area Lions Club, St. Peter’s: Redesign of the existing baseball field to accommodate a new soccer pitch, upgrades to the existing playground equipment and an outdoor fitness centre. Total Project Cost: $520,000; RInC Contribution: $173,333; Contact: Kelvin Digout, 902-535-2321.
Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board: Construction of up to eight outdoor multi-use courts in schools in various communities. Total Project Cost: $324,000; RInC Contribution: $107,000; Contact: Mary Lou Andrea, 902-794-4873.
Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) Projects
Active Transportation, Cape Breton Regional Municipality - Phase 1 of the Active Transportation Plan, which includes the Westmount Road walkway and bike route extension, the development of bicycle infrastructure upgrades, and the engineering and design costs for the Whitney Pier Community Heritage Trail. Total Project Cost: $915,495; CAF Contribution: $500,000; Contact: Rick McCready, 902- 563-5072.