January 19, 2007
St. Anthony to Construct New Civic Centre:
of Newfoundland and Labrador and
New Government Invest in Centre
The Town of St. Anthony will
construct a regional civic centre, to be called the Polar Centre, with
a contribution of $4,576,148 from the Government of Newfoundland and
Labrador, and an investment of $540,000 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
"The investment to build
a multi-purpose civic centre will improve recreational infrastructure
on the Northern Peninsula, and provide opportunity to attract a variety
of sporting and conference events," stated the Honourable Jack
Byrne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. "The Polar Centre will be an
important addition to the Town of St. Anthony and surrounding communities,
providing a venue to promote healthy living, expand programs and will
be a new modern facility to host and attract new business."
The facility will house an
arena with the capacity to seat 1,295 people, a conference centre and
an indoor walking track, and will provide the necessary amenities to
enable the town to host significant conferences, trade shows and other
"Canada's New Government
is pleased to support initiatives that help build vibrant communities,
like this regional civic centre in St. Anthony," said the Honourable
Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Regional Minister
for Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay,
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of ACOA. "This project will
replace the town's current recreational structures, and will enable
the area to host larger, more professional events, while providing residents
with improved recreational facilities to promote health and fitness."
The Town of St. Anthony plays
a vital role as the major service centre to the surrounding communities
on the Northern Peninsula. St. Anthony provides shopping, professional
services, post-secondary educational institutions, entertainment, health
and medical services to the region. The new Polar Centre will
provide a significant asset for the business community of the region.
The town will provide $568,508
towards the cost of the project.
"Recreation is an important
part of people's lives and facilities like the Polar Centre will help
to recruit and retain young professionals in rural areas. This
facility ties in with government's wellness initiative and will be an
asset for the Town of St. Anthony," said The Straits and White Bay
North MHA Honourable Trevor Taylor.
The provincial contribution
is funded under the Municipal Capital Works Program, and the federal
contribution for this project is through ACOA's Innovative Communities
Fund (ICF). The ICF focuses on investments that lead to
long-term employment and economic capacity building in rural communities.
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