News release

50 Projects Receive Beautification Funding

Creating beautiful and inviting spaces encourages economic development and enhances the quality of life for residents in communities.

That is why the provincial government is partnering with municipalities to invest $629,476 in 50 beautification projects across Nova Scotia.

Chuck Porter, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, made the announcement today, Aug. 12, in Windsor, where $17,500 will support the installation of updated signs, picnic tables, planter boxes, mural paintings and a new entrance sign to downtown Windsor.

Mr. Porter also announced $13,861 for the New Minas Beautification Project. This funding will help with the installation of benches, planters and waste receptacles along Commercial Street and add landscaping to the roundabout at Commercial Street and Granite Drive.

“The Beautification and Streetscaping Program supports the development of attractive and inviting areas where residents and visitors want to spend time,” said Mr. Porter. “Investments like this also help to rejuvenate our communities and foster local pride.”

Other projects approved include landscaping, interpretive signs, lighting for public spaces and the creation and installation of an accessible outdoor art gallery.

Quotes:

The West Hants Regional Municipality is thrilled to be partnering with the Windsor Township to help stimulate economic growth by enhancing the vibrancy of our downtown. Abraham Zebian, mayor, Region of Windsor-West Hants

Beautifying our community has been identified as a priority by the New Minas Village Commission. The support from Municipal Affairs and Housing for projects like the ones we are undertaking makes a huge difference to what we are able to accomplish. Mary Munroe, commissioner, Village of New Minas

Through this program, municipalities have up to 50 per cent of their project costs covered. As a result, communities from Sydney to Yarmouth have been able to develop beautiful areas for their residents and visitors alike and enhance the well-being in municipalities across the province. Pam Mood, president, Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities

Quick Facts:

  • program is application-based
  • funds up to 50 per cent of the costs of eligible municipal projects to a maximum of $25,000

Additional Resources:

A full list of projects is available at https://beta.novascotia.ca/documents/beautification-and-streetscaping-program-grant-recipients-2020 .

Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing Twitter: https://twitter.com/dma_ns

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