News release

Investing in Opportunities for Adults with Diverse Abilities

Premier Iain Rankin announced today, June 21, the province is doubling its support to $1 million for The Flower Cart Group’s construction of a new facility in New Minas to help adults with diverse abilities develop life and employment skills.

The province announced its initial $500,000 contribution in January 2020.

The new facility will be located at 9503 Commercial Street and allow the organization to expand services, ensuring that more participants have the supports they need to flourish in the community.

“We are committed to building a stronger province where all Nova Scotians can have opportunities to grow and succeed,” said Premier Rankin. “This is an important investment for New Minas as it supports adults with diverse abilities, providing employment training and opportunities that will, hopefully, enhance their lives.”

Also today, the Government of Canada announced a $1.1 million investment in this project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This is in addition to the $1 million investment announced by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in November 2020. The Flower Cart Group is providing over $1 million in funding, with further contributions coming from a capital campaign.

The Flower Cart Group provides training opportunities and supportive employment to people with an intellectual disability or barriers to employment through a variety of social enterprises and partnerships with businesses in the community.

It works with local businesses to provide real wage opportunities and supportive employment through an on-site woodworking shop, bakery and packaging service. The organization offers programming in two separate facilities, which are both at capacity.

The new building will allow participants to provide goods and services to the public through a community space and include a wholesale bakery that will supply goods locally and provincially.

Quotes:

“The Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect the health and safety of all Canadians, to stabilize our economy and to support communities across Canada. The construction of a new facility will promote healthier, more accessible communities for all residents. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities."

Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

This contribution shows the important and longstanding role The Flower Cart Group has in supporting adults with diverse abilities in Kings County. Keith Irving, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and MLA for Kings South, on behalf of Community Services Minister Kelly Regan

We are very grateful for the support from the governments of Nova Scotia and Canada toward our capital campaign goal. Our new facility will allow for growth in every sense, most importantly increasing our capacity to support adults with intellectual disabilities in Kings County. This funding is a testament to our federal and provincial governments’ commitment to making our community inclusive of all abilities and building opportunities for those who need them. Jeff Kelly, executive director, The Flower Cart Group

Quick Facts:

  • the $3.1 million total investment by the federal and provincial governments is part of a $5.8 million capital campaign to bring all The Flower Cart Group’s social enterprises together under one roof
  • The Flower Cart Group was started in 1970 and now has more than 200 participants

Additional Resources:

The Flower Cart Group: https://flowercart.ca/

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Media Contacts:

Matt Hefler
Premier’s Office Cell: 902-220-6048 Email:
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