Investing in Community Infrastructure

Communities, Culture and Heritage

August 9, 2017 9:48 AM

NOTE: A list of Cape Breton projects approved for this funding is at the bottom of this release.

Government is supporting Nova Scotia’s rich cultural diversity with an investment of more than $900,000 to improve community halls and other public spaces where people gather.

This includes 14 Cape Breton projects that total more than $388,000 announced in Sydney today, Aug. 9, by Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. The projects are funded through the Community Facilities Improvement Program.

“Nova Scotia’s diverse cultural heritage is found within its communities, its people, and its buildings and there is no greater example than here in Whitney Pier,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “Government recognizes that it is important to support these communities to keep them active, strong and vibrant.”

Facility repairs in Whitney Pier, where representatives of the African Nova Scotian and Polish communities took part in today’s announcement, include a roof replacement, a new generator, doors and insulation for Menelik Hall and a new roof on the Polish Village Hall.

“Menelik Hall is an important part of the fabric of our African Nova Scotia community of Whitney Pier and surrounding areas and the board could not be happier to receive this funding,” said Michael Morrison, chair of the Menelik Hall Association. “The renovations will ensure our hall remains a place where our youth, seniors and community at large gather to celebrate, recognize and promote the rich cultures that make up our great community.”

The Community Facilities Improvement program will fund up to 75 per cent of actual project costs, to a maximum of $50,000, for non-profit groups to improve their facilities and public spaces.

“A sense of community is part of what ties us all together and the funding through this program will help us in making the Polish Village Hall safe and inviting to all,” said Tony Melski, chair of St. Michael’s Polish Benefit Society.

The province’s role is to help support the infrastructure for strong and vibrant communities. These investments are tied to Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan and support the outcomes in the strategy.

Other projects funded through the facilities program will be announced later.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Nova Scotia’s rich diversity is on display in Sydney today,

(August 9th) as government announced an investment of more than

900-thousand dollars for community halls and other public spaces

across the province.

     In Cape Breton, renovations to the Menelik Hall and a new

roof on the Polish Village Hall in Whitney Pier are among 14

projects that total more than 388-thousand dollars.

     Municipal Affairs Minister Derek Mombourquette, on

behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo

Glavine, joined representatives of the African Nova Scotian and

Polish communities in Whitney Pier to announce Cape Breton

projects that are funded through the Community Facilities

Improvement program.

     The program will fund up to 75 per cent of actual project

costs, to a maximum of 50-thousand dollars, for non-profit

groups to improve existing facilities and public spaces.

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Media Contact: Lisa Jarrett
              902-717-4199
              Email: Lisa.Jarrett@novascotia.ca


A list of Cape Breton grants:
-- Community Cares Youth Outreach, Sydney Mines, improvements to heating system and replacement of windows, $16,928
-- Eskasoni First Nation, Eskasoni, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, community hall repairs, $40,000
-- Menelik Hall, Whitney Pier, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, community hall renovation, $29,000
-- St. Michael's Polish Benefit Society, Whitney Pier, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, new roof, $17,061
-- The Riverview Y's Men's Club, Sydney, structural updates, $40,000
-- Broad Cove Scottish Concert, Broad Cove, Inverness Co., completion of community stage facility, $33,000
-- Friends of Whale Watch Cape Breton, Pleasant Bay, Inverness Co., heating improvements and space refurbishing, $30,000
-- Société Saint-Pierre, Cheticamp, Inverness Co., move genealogy centre for better accessibility, $15,000
-- Société Mi-Carême, Grand Etang, Inverness Co., replace heating system, $40,000
-- St. Mary's Parish Hall, Mabou, Inverness Co., increase energy efficiency by replacing roof, doors, etc., $25,000
-- Friends of Notre Dame de l'Assomption, Arichat, Richmond Co., renovations to meet safety codes, $23,000
-- Louisdale Lions Club, Louisdale, Richmond Co., renovations and upgrades, $40,000
-- Rocky Bay Irish Club, Rocky Bay, Richmond Co., upgrades to the hall electrical, floor and roof, $15,000
-- St. Andrew's Church, Neils Harbour, Victoria Co., renovations, installation of accessible washrooms, $25,000