Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
January 20, 2017

Building a Stronger Economy

Federal and Provincial Investments for Community Infrastructure and Social Enterprise in Clarenville and Surrounding Area

Towns in Clarenville and the surrounding area will see enhanced community infrastructure, thanks in part to investments by the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced more than $294,000 in federal funding to support six projects. Colin Holloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, announced provincial funding of more than $162,000 for three projects.

The Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn will use $200,071 provided through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund and $100,543 through the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development to develop a root-crop and vegetables farm, storage cellar, greenhouse, and community farmers' market on land adjacent to the Clarenville Inn on the TransCanada Highway.

The Farm and Market, a non-profit social enterprise in Clarenville, is working with local area farmers, crafts producers, the Ability Employment Corporation, and the Clarenville Inn to establish a farmers' market where specialty crops will be locally grown, harvested, and sold to local residents, other area farmers, and restaurants. It will also provide a venue for craft producers from the region to sell their products.

The Town of Clarenville will also use $40,250 in Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding to upgrade a number of existing recreational facilities within the community including a basketball court, a beach volleyball court, a skate park, a playground and a regional trail system. This project will provide the town with an enhanced cluster of recreational facilities for residents and visitors to the community.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is investing $40,000 from the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development for the Clarenville Nordic Ski Club to improve trails and amenities. The Government of Canada had previously announced a contribution of $53,332 to the Clarenville Nordic Ski Club from the CIP 150 in the fall of 2016.

The Fair Haven Recreation Association has used a Government of Canada investment of $24,250 through CIP 150 to renovate the community centre in Fair Haven. This project improved a facility that is used by community groups for various events and activities throughout the year and also serves as a regional emergency response centre. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is investing $21,505 from the Department of Municipal Affairs in this project.

The Deer Harbour Trails Association is using a CIP 150 investment of $12,450 to finalize construction of a trail that will link a number of existing hiking trails, provide access to salmon rivers and support tourism in the Hodge’s Cove area. This project will also allow year-round access to the trails, offering improved community infrastructure that is widely used by residents.

The Government of Canada is also investing $8,583 through CIP 150 for improvements to the Town of Arnold’s Cove’s community playground. This project includes the purchase and installation of new equipment as well as landscaping, to enhance this important community recreational asset.

Finally, the Town of Port Blandford will use $8,500 in CIP 150 funding to enhance the parking area adjacent to its municipal park and to upgrade the landscaping in the area. This project will improve access to a primary piece of recreational infrastructure bordering the local ball park and outdoor rink.

“Investing in communities is necessary to strengthen the middle class and provide municipalities with the building blocks they need to grow, develop opportunities and support a high standard of living for all Canadians and their families. These Government of Canada investments in the eastern region of the province, improve on our community and recreational infrastructure and also the economic development capacity of the region.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“The economy is a top priority for our government. We are committed to collaborating with municipal governments, businesses, and non-profit sector organizations to strengthen local economies and communities. Projects such as these will not only benefit residents and visitors, but will also support farmers, craft producers, and entrepreneurs throughout the region.”
- The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

“Not-for-profits play a very important role in Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy, and through government’s The Way Forward document, we must work to strengthen, promote and develop this sector in order to build healthy and prosperous communities across our province. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to building a stronger, more diverse economy, and these investments in Clarenville and surrounding areas will help with economic development, job creation and advancing our growth agenda.”
- The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development

“A healthy community is a strong community. These investments to recreational infrastructure and social enterprise will promote healthy living and stronger communities. They will offer unique experiences to make the Terra Nova district and neighbouring regions a destination of choice for residents and visitors alike.”
- Colin Holloway, MHA for Terra Nova

“Rural communities have long been the life blood of Newfoundland and Labrador. Continued investment by both levels of government ensures meaningful partnerships and progress with the dedicated volunteers who selflessly give of their time to make these projects happen.”
- Mark Browne, MHA for Placentia West-Bellevue

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Media contacts:

Eric Humber
Media Relations Manager
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture
and Rural Development
709-729-4819,725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca
Paul McGrath
Director, Communications
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
paul.mcgrath@canada.ca
 
Kathryn Small
The Farm and Market at Clarenville Inn Inc.
709-749-7483
Jill Monk
Town of Clarenville
709-466-7937
Keith Barrington
Clarenville Nordic Ski Club
709-433-2221
Effie Crann
Fair Haven Recreation Association Inc.
709-878-4591
Greg Peddle
Deer Harbour Trails Association Inc.
709-548-2712
Chad Holloway
Town of Arnold’s Cove
709-463-2323
Vida Greening
Town of Port Blandford
709-543-2170

2017 01 20                              2:55 p.m.