Huge in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing for Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY EVAN CAREEN

Just over a mil­lion dol­lars in fund­ing was an­nounced last week for eight projects in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay.

The fund­ing is jointly be­ing pro­vided by the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments and will be de­liv­ered through the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency.

The fed­eral por­tion of the fund­ing, $618,000, is com­ing from the Canada 150 Com­mu­nity In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram (CIP).

“Through CIP 150, the gov­ern­ment of Canada pro­vides sup­port for lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture projects that help im­prove com­mu­ni­ties such as Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay,” said Navdeep Bains, Min­is­ter of In­no­va­tion, Science and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for ACOA in a press re­lease. “The in­vest­ments an­nounced to­day will en­able the Labrador re­gion to re­store and up­grade sev­eral key com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, as well as out­door spa­ces that bring res­i­dents to­gether and en­hance tourism growth.”

CIP 150 is part of the gov­ern­ment of Canada’s ac­tiv­i­ties to hon­our Canada’s 150th an­niver­sary of Con­fed­er­a­tion and is set to pro­vide up to $300 mil­lion na­tion­ally over two years to sup­port projects to re­ha­bil­i­tate, ren­o­vate and ex­pand com­mu­nity and recre­ational in­fra­struc­ture.

Premier Dwight Ball at­tended the an­nounce­ment of $499,000 from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment for four of these projects.

“Our gov­ern­ment is fo­cused on mak­ing New­found­land and Labrador a strong, di­ver­si­fied prov­ince with a high stan­dard of liv­ing,” he said at the an­nounce­ment. “As part of that, we made com­mit­ments in ‘ The Way For­ward’ vi­sion to sup­port the health and well-be­ing of New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans. Our in­vest­ments in these projects de­liver on those com­mit­ments by pro­vid­ing Labrado­ri­ans greater op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and a health­ier life­style.”

The fund­ing is for a range of com­mu­nity in­fra­struc­ture projects in­clud­ing up­grades, re­pairs and equip­ment pur­chases to en­hance lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties and out­door ameni­ties in the Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay area.

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