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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA SUPPORTS TWO COMMUNITY
PROJECTS IN PORT HAWKESBURY
March 7, 2014 Port Hawkesbury, NS Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation
The Town of Port Hawkesbury has received a $50,000 contribution through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation to assist with the implementation of Phase I of the town’s Active Transportation Plan and to host the Eastern Canadian Jr. B Hockey Championship.
- The community’s Active Transportation Plan is intended to promote physical activity by facilitating active transportation and includes upgrades to and the development of foot pathways, pedestrian bridges, bike racks, benches, signage and promotional materials.
- The total cost of Phase I of the plan is $40,000 and ECBC has provided a $30,000 non-repayable contribution. Work has commenced and it is anticipated that the project will be completed in the spring of 2014.
- The Eastern Canadian Jr. B Hockey Championship will be held at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre from April 22-27, 2014. The event will include provincial champion teams from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario as well as the host team.
- The Championship will be a premier sporting event hosted entirely in Port Hawkesbury attracting four off-island teams and their families to Cape Breton for five nights. ECBC has provided a $20,000 non-repayable contribution to assist with hosting the event.
- Support for this initiative is through ECBC’s Major Events Strategy that recognizes the economic development potential of hosting major events and provides funding to assist with bid submissions and hosting.
- Other recent major events funded through ECBC’s Major Events Strategy include the Celtic Colours International Festival, the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the Atlantic Cup Finals – Alpine Ski Races, the Celebrating Abilities Conference, Race the Cape Sailing Challenge and the PGA Cape Breton Celtic Classic golf event.
"Our Government is working with communities and businesses across Cape Breton by supporting initiatives that help improve infrastructure and lead to economic growth. Our support of these two initiatives in Port Hawkesbury will result in increased economic activity in the community and improved local infrastructure."
The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
"ECBC’s support for these projects will help us attract additional visitors to the area and provide the community infrastructure necessary to enhance wellness through physical activity and attract further investment."
Maris Freimanis, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Port Hawkesbury
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. It is also responsible for the delivery of the programs of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in its mandate area.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Maris Freimanis, CAO
Town of Port Hawkesbury