News release

Community Rinks Receive Funding for Upgrades; Applications Open for Next Round

NOTE: A list of the 2021-22 Rink Revitalization Fund recipients is at the end of the release.

Thirty-three rinks across Nova Scotia in need of upgrades and repairs are receiving almost $1 million through the Province’s Rink Revitalization Fund.

“Rinks across Nova Scotia are places where people can come together, be physically active and celebrate,” said Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. “Having the appropriate infrastructure helps build that community spirit and encourages people to come out and take part in the many community events these rinks host.”

The Rink Revitalization Fund helps community groups, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations invest in infrastructure to support the sustainability of their facilities. Rinks include curling clubs, arenas and permanent outdoor rinks that are open to the public.

The types of projects receiving funding include purchasing a score clock, installing accessible entrance doors, upgrading refrigeration, foundation repairs and replacing rink board glass.


With this grant, we will be able to complete capital projects that will improve the energy efficiency of the building, reduce operating costs, and ensure the longevity of the facility for years to come. The creation of our community room will provide much needed space for local groups to meet and socialize year-round. Jordan Burkhardt, Oxford Arena Association

Quick Facts:

  • the total amount of funding for the 33 projects is $978,483
  • these are the first projects to receive money through this new fund
  • the Province had previously invested $1.67 million in sport and recreation infrastructure in 2021-22 through the Recreation Facility Development Grant
  • the Rink Revitalization Fund and Recreation Facility Development Grant are open for another round of applications, with a deadline of February 14

Additional Resources:

Rink Revitalization Fund Guidelines:

Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage website:

Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage Twitter:


Media Contact:

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The following is a list of the 2021-22 Rink Revitalization Fund recipients:

  • Acadia University, $150,000
  • Antigonish Arena Commission, $16,666
  • Bridgewater Curling Club, $15,000
  • Canning District Recreation Commission, $4,700
  • Church Memorial Park, $23,000
  • Dartmouth Curling Club, $16,533
  • Digby Area Recreation Commission, $9,764
  • Dr. Bernie MacLean Cultural Recreation Centre, $30,000
  • Eastern Shore Recreation Commission, $12,000
  • Eskasoni Band, $34,386
  • Head of St. Margaret's Bay Recreation Association, $1,750
  • Hector Arena Commission Association, $150,000
  • Highlander Curling Club, $601
  • Lawrencetown Exhibition Youth Arena, $8,050
  • Mayflower Curling Club, $18,333
  • Municipality of the District of Barrington, $14,750
  • Municipality of the District of Guysborough County, $23,275
  • Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s, $8,113
  • Newport & District Rink Commission, $19,501
  • Northern Inverness Recreation Centre Association, $47,010
  • Pictou County Wellness Centre Building Authority Inc., $115,500
  • Port Hood and District Recreation Commission, $51,544
  • Region of Queens Municipality, $9,850
  • Shelburne Curling Club, $3,860
  • Stellar Curling Club, $1,763
  • Town of Oxford, $92,733
  • Town of Trenton, $4,690
  • Town of Truro, $24,233
  • Town of Truro, $14,300
  • Town of Yarmouth, $5,900
  • Université Sainte-Anne, $22,564
  • West Colchester Recreation Association, $11,609
  • Westville Curling Club, $16,989