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ST. ANN’S (NS) – October 27, 2012Community development initiatives in St. Ann’s, Inverness, St. Peter’s and around the Bras d’Or Lake will proceed as a result of investments from the Government of Canada, through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC). The announcement was made today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie).

“Our Government is focused on jobs and growth and through key investments we are helping communities build on their strengths,” said Minister MacKay. “Cape Breton already has much to offer and these strategic investments will foster further economic and tourism development while also preserving and supporting Cape Breton Island’s rich cultural heritage.”

A total of $823,043 in funding was announced in support of four projects which will provide for upgrades to the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts, improvements to Inverness Beach, phase two of a streetscapes project in St. Peter’s, and the organization and marketing of an annual sailing regatta in the Bras d'Or Lake and the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Breton Island.

Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a federal Crown corporation offering programs in support of commercial development, community development, environmental stewardship and real property development on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.



D.A. Landry
ECBC Communications
902 564 3617

Andrea MacDonald
Special Assistant (Communications)
Office of the Hon. Peter MacKay
Minister of National Defence and MP for Central Nova
(902) 426-4414 (main) or (902) 401-4682 (cell)


Funding of $296,000 was announced for the Gaelic College Foundation to undertake improvements to one of Cape Breton Island’s best-known cultural icons and tourist attractions, the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts, including infrastructure upgrades, programming additions, site enhancements and technical upgrades to allow for greater distance education and Internet presence. The total cost of these enhancements is $602,682.

Information:    Rodney MacDonald, CEO
Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts
902 295-3411 or 902 258-5535 (cell)

Funding of $75,860 was announced for Sail Cape Breton Association for the organization and marketing of an annual sailing race in the Bras d'Or Lake and the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Breton Island. Branded as “Race the Cape,” this six-day event will run in multiple legs taking yachts to St. Peter’s, Ben Eoin, Baddeck, North Sydney and Sydney, with events and festivities held in each community at the end of the leg. It is estimated that the regatta will attract up to 250 sailors to Cape Breton. Total project costs are $228,860.

Information:    Jamie MacMullin and Jennifer Rowe, Co-Chairs
Race the Cape                                    
902 270 8060 or 902 577 4037 (cell) or 902 565 0341 (cell)

Funding of $305,745 was announced for the Inverness Development Association to undertake improvements to the municipally-owned Inverness Beach, a key tourism destination on Cape Breton Island. These include upgrades to the café facility that houses a kitchen, washrooms, change area and showers; improvements to the access road and parking area; burying power lines and a new boardwalk and walkway. Measures will also be put in place to protect the dunes and shoreline. The total cost of the improvements is $831,745.                 

Information:    Tony MacDonald

                       Inverness Development Association
902 258 2282

Funding of $145,438 was announced for the Strait-Highlands Regional Development Authority to implement phase two of a streetscapes program in St. Peter's. This project will include improvements to and the addition of street lighting, planters, banners, a walkway, a mural, greenery and lighting for a multipurpose field for community events. The project will result in an enhanced appearance for the village and contribute to business development.

Information:    Karen Malcolm or Blaine Gillis
Strait-Highlands Regional Development Agency
902 625 3929 or 902 631-0629


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