Executive Council
Municipal Affairs and Environment
April 4, 2018

Premier Ball Announces Funding for Labrador Wellness Centre

At an event today in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced the Provincial Government is providing $11.7 million toward the construction of the Labrador Wellness Centre. The total cost for the project is estimated at $25.5 million with the Government of Canada contributing $7.5 million and the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay funding the remainder.

Premier Ball was joined at today’s announcement by the Honourable Perry Trimper, MHA for Lake Melville; the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and MHA for Cartwright - L'Anse au Clair; Yvonne Jones, MP for Labrador; and Wally Andersen, Mayor, and Bert Pomeroy, Deputy Mayor, of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

With the Labrador Wellness Centre, residents of the region will benefit from a modern, accessible facility that will allow them to participate in a range of community and recreational programming. Once complete, the Labrador Wellness Centre will provide an active, social gathering place for the community for generations to come.

As outlined in The Way Forward, the Provincial Government is committed to improving the health outcomes of the people of the province.

“This new facility will be great for the region. Our government’s investment in the Labrador Wellness Centre builds on our commitment through The Way Forward to implement healthy living initiatives for residents and communities. We are pleased to work collaboratively with the Federal Government and the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and contribute to achieving a healthier tomorrow.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Through Budget 2018, the Provincial Government is investing in infrastructure projects that communities have indicated are important to them, such as the Labrador Wellness Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Through the Way Forward, we have committed to leverage federal funding to assist communities in providing quality services and infrastructure to residents.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“Federal support for major infrastructure projects not only enhances Canadians’ quality of life, but also creates well-paying jobs that can help Canadians grow and prosper. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects like Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s new Labrador Wellness Centre that bring people together and help residents maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
Yvonne Jones
Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Our government recognizes the importance of promoting participation in sport and recreation and the importance of healthy active living. The Labrador Wellness Centre is an excellent example of how partnership between municipal, provincial and federal governments can build community capacity and create opportunities for physical activity and social engagement.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and MHA for Cartwright - L'Anse au Clair

“The Labrador Wellness Centre is an exciting investment for the District of Lake Melville. This infrastructure will influence the health and well-being of our residents; serve as an attraction for professionals to our community; and aid in the retention of future generations who choose to make Labrador their home.”
Honourable Perry Trimper
MHA for Lake Melville

"Today's investment is the result of collaboration between the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada to improve wellness and quality of life for residents in central Labrador. Our council worked diligently to bring this project to fruition and we would like to thank the provincial and federal governments for their support of this project."
Wally Andersen
Mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Learn More

Budget 2018: gov.nl.ca/budget2018/

The Way Forward: thewayforward.gov.nl.ca

Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html External Link

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Media contacts
Michelle Cannizzaro
Office of the Premier

Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
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Bonnie Learning
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Honourable Perry Trimper, MHA for Lake Melville

Naomi Sharpe
Public Relations and Special Events Manager
Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
709-896-3254, 896-1609

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