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CHETICAMP (NS) – August 6, 2013 – The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), today announced Government of Canada funding in the Cheticamp area for the development of a new marine services business and three community development projects.
“Our Government’s top priority is job creation and economic growth, and we are pleased to announce support for these commercial and community development projects in Cheticamp,” said Minister Raitt. “These investments which total in excess of $1.1 million help to support job creation, boost economic activity, promote local culture and improve community infrastructure, all of which are important to the long-term sustainability of rural communities.”
The Cheticamp Marine Centre is being developed on a 27-acre property in Cheticamp. It will provide haul-out, storage, inspection and repair services for marine traffic in Atlantic Canada and the Magdalen Islands. The project includes site upgrades and construction of a wharf and building and the acquisition of a 200-ton travel lift capable of servicing large commercial and recreational vessels. Total project costs are in excess of $4 million and ECBC is providing a loan and repayable contribution totalling $1 million.
The Cheticamp River Atlantic Salmon Association, a community-based stewardship group mandated to enhance the salmon fishing experience in the Cheticamp area, has received funding to develop a detailed habitat management and restoration plan for wild Atlantic salmon in the Cheticamp River watershed and to implement two priority restoration projects. Total project costs are $126,764 and ECBC is providing $94,772.
The Conseil économique de Chéticamp has received funding to engage architectural and engineering expertise for a design and costing study related to the Cheticamp boardwalk. The boardwalk is an integral part of the community’s tourism infrastructure and a focal point for the area; however it has been impacted over the past several years due to weather and tides. A waterfront revitalization plan is now required to address its long-term sustainability. The total cost of this project is $52,000 and ECBC is providing $39,000.
L’Association des radios communautaires en Atlantique, which represents Francophone community radio stations in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, has received funding to develop web sites and social media platforms for its various members as well as for the association itself. As a result, the Association will be better positioned to promote its members’ programs and services and advance Acadian culture. Total project costs are $25,000 and ECBC is investing $18,750.
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.
Cheticamp Marine Centre
Conseil économique de Chéticamp
Cheticamp River Atlantic
Association des radios communautaires