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OF CANADA SUPPORTS
EXPANSION OF SYDNEY BOARDWALK
April 14, 2014 Sydney, NS Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation
The Government of Canada is providing the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) with a $1,300,000 contribution through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund to assist with the expansion of Sydney boardwalk.
- The expansion has begun and should be completed by June 2014. The total cost is estimated to be $2,600,000.
- In addition to the expansion, the project will also entail improvements to the existing boardwalk including: the installation of amour stone; electrical enhancements; and the removal of concrete and timber from an old structure.
- The Sydney waterfront has long been an important piece of community infrastructure in CBRM and is used regularly by local residents and visitors. Activities such as concerts, Canada Day celebrations, New Year’s activities, fundraisers and the annual Fiddler's Run occur in this area.
- The extension of the boardwalk will assist the local cruise ship industry by linking the Sydney Marine Terminal to the downtown core. In addition, the boardwalk extension will assist in attracting private sector investment to the waterfront by offering potential customers increased access to amenities.
- In the past five years, 261 cruise ships carrying over 558,000 passengers and crew have visited the Sydney waterfront.
- CBRM is confident that a revitalized waterfront will become a gathering place for people to conduct business and enjoy leisure activities.
“Our Government recognizes that vibrant and sustainable communities require solid infrastructure for future prosperity. By investing in local infrastructure, we are helping to stimulate the economy and maintain a high quality of life. Today’s investment will allow the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to make necessary improvements to the Sydney Boardwalk, allowing it to better serve the many residents and visitors who use it.”
The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
“We are certainly pleased with the Government’s support in enhancing the economic growth in our city and region. The extension of the boardwalk reflects the commitment of our government to enhance our communities by supporting local business and boosting the economy by bringing more people into the region.”
Cecil Clarke, Mayor, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Cape Breton Regional Municipality