TRACADIE (GNB) – The federal, provincial and municipal governments are investing in infrastructure that supports the development of the arts and culture in the Regional Municipality of Tracadie.

The project, estimated at $4.5 million, involves the construction of a new amphitheatre. The federal government is investing $2.25 million through the Gas Tax Fund, the provincial government is investing $1.37 million and the municipality is investing more than $882,000 towards the project.

“We know how important economic growth and job creation is to New Brunswickers,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Serge Rousselle. “We are getting things done with investments like this one. It will accommodate the growing needs in the municipality for an area where local artists can showcase their talents while spurring economic growth right here in the Acadian Peninsula.”

Once completed, the amphitheatre will have permanent seating for 514 people. It will be built to meet professional industry standards, in order to meet artistic requirements, and will include a ticketing booth, dressing rooms, a canteen area and a lobby.

“I am pleased to see this new facility going forward to support the development of local arts and talent,” said Acadie-Bathurst MP Serge Cormier. “The Government of Canada recognizes that investing in cultural infrastructure is key to creating vibrant, inclusive communities that foster diverse opportunities for economic growth and job creation.”

Cormier commented for federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi.

“This project falls within our municipality’s cultural strategy,” said Tracadie Mayor Denis Losier. “The Tracadie region is known for its professional artists and the new amphitheatre will allow local artists to showcase their talents and will be a place for local residents to gather, discover and appreciate this talent.”

The annual $2-billion federal Gas Tax Fund is intended to provide predictable, long-term funding to help Canadian municipalities build and revitalize their local infrastructure while creating jobs and long-term prosperity. Projects are chosen locally and prioritized according to the infrastructure needs of each community.