Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
January 11, 2017

Building a Stronger Economy

Community Infrastructure Upgrades in Notre Dame Bay Communities

Residents in the Green Bay area are benefitting from improved recreational and community infrastructure in the communities of South Brook, Springdale, Robert’s Arm and Triton as a result of funding from the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced total federal funding of $572,250 for five projects in the area, while Brian Warr, MHA for Baie Verte-Green Bay, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, announced $62,500 for one of those projects.

The Town of South Brook is receiving $175,500 from ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) and $62,500 from the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development to upgrade the Goodyear's Cove docking facility to increase the efficiency and overall safety of loading and off-loading of vessels, thereby improving a key piece of infrastructure in the community to build on opportunities in the mining and other related sectors.

The Town of South Brook is also receiving $172,000 from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) to build an extension and undertake interior changes in the town hall. These upgrades are part of a phased plan to house all social, recreational and municipal services under one roof, allowing greater capacity and increased community activity at this facility.

The Town of Springdale is receiving an investment of $100,250 from the CIP 150 Program for improvements to the community arena, including new insulation and aluminum siding, which will make the facility more environmentally efficient.

Another CIP 150 investment of $100,250 will help the Town of Robert’s Arm build an extension on the existing community centre as well as upgrades to an exterior wall and the installation of new electrical wiring. These upgrades will help improve the social and physical well-being of residents by creating improved space for youth activities, a family resource centre, cultural programming and recreational activities.

A $24,250 investment from the CIP 150 also enabled the Town of Triton to purchase and install new equipment in the community’s skateboard park, including banks, wedges, rails and stairs. The modern equipment makes the skateboard park a safer place for young people to take part in this popular sporting activity.

CIP 150 is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The program is delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador by ACOA. The Provincial Government continues to strengthen not-for-profit organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador by providing them with non-repayable contributions and the necessary skills and tools for economic development through its Community Capacity Building Program.

“The Government of Canada is pleased to support projects that help strengthen key pieces of recreational infrastructure in our communities, especially those that benefit our young people and encourage physical activity. Investments through CIP 150 are helping to create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities and celebrate Canada’s rich heritage and history.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Investing in initiatives that help celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation reminds us of the importance of the places that bring us together and make our communities stronger. CIP 150 projects like these provide opportunities for our young people to live active lifestyles as well as contribute to the quality of life for residents in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.”
- Scott Simms, MP for Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame

“As outlined in government’s The Way Forward vision document, we are committed to building a stronger, more diverse economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Investments in community infrastructure are key to strengthening and supporting economic development, and the upgrades to Goodyear’s Cove Docking Facility in South Brook will enhance these business opportunities that spur growth, job creation and broad-based prosperity.”
- The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development

“I'm very pleased to see infrastructure investments made to South Brook, Springdale, Robert's Arm, and Triton. These are thriving communities and their residents will reap long-term dividends from the enhanced infrastructure. This is a great example of the kind of benefits that communities across our province can receive through strong intergovernmental cooperation.”
- Brian Warr, MHA for Baie Verte-Green Bay

“I would like to express our gratitude to ACOA and the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development for their support. These funds will enable us to upgrade the docks at Goodyear's Cove which will give the Town of South Brook a much needed foothold in any future shipping requirements for the Central Newfoundland area. The investment from the CIP 150 program for an upgrade and extension to our town hall will enable our citizens to enjoy all the benefits which we as a town offer through the social and recreation groups. The potential to expand our activities through these groups will be endless. Council would like to express our thanks and gratitude to everyone involved in making this day a memorable one.”
- Wallace Mckay, Mayor of South Brook

“We are grateful for the Government of Canada’s support, which will enable us to undertake some necessary improvements to our community arena. Our arena is a valued recreational facility that serves 11 communities in the area and the upgrades will greatly benefit our local residents and those in the Green Bay area for many years to come.”
- Harvey Tizzard, Mayor of Springdale

“The ACOA funding for the renovations and extension to the Robert’s Arm Community Center will certainly enhance and benefit the daily lives of our citizens. We are so pleased to have secured this much needed funding from the Government of Canada and with the support of our Member of Parliament Scott Simms. It is both rewarding and encouraging to see our Federal Government’s commitment to helping municipalities, such as ours, complete important infrastructure projects.”
- Derrick Hicks, Deputy Mayor of Robert’s Arm, Green Bay South

“The upgrades to our skateboard park will ensure the youth in our community have a safe and fun place for skateboarding. We thank the Government of Canada for supporting this project, which will greatly benefit our community and the young people in our area as they enjoy an improved park where they can be active and spend time with their friends.”
- Jason Roberts, Mayor of Triton

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Media contacts:

Eric Humber
Media Relations Manager
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture
and Rural Development
Paul McGrath
Director, Public Affairs
Michelle Kelly
Town of South Brook
Jason Sparkes
Town of Springdale
Ada Rowsell
Town of Robert’s Arm
Marcus Vincent
Town of Triton

2017 01 11                              3:45 p.m.