Cap-Pelé (GNB) – The provincial, federal and municipal governments today announced $13.5 million in funding for the Cap-Pelé Intergenerational Community Centre.

“Improved community and recreation infrastructure will promote an active and healthy lifestyle for the residents of Cap-Pelé and the entire region,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Gary Crossman, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. “Investing in these types of projects builds on our government’s priority to create vibrant and sustainable communities which are the foundation for a better New Brunswick.”

The new community centre will include a multi-use room, a 140-metre walking track, three meeting rooms and a social lounge for local groups. The existing arena will be renovated to include six new locker rooms, 500 seats, a new reception area, an elevator, canteen and new bathrooms.

“This is an extraordinary achievement for the community of Cap-Pelé,” said federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc. “They were able to mobilize the entire community in the pursuit of this project. Our government is proud to support the refurbishment of the arena and the construction of a new community centre, which will allow the residents of Cap-Pelé to enjoy modern, safe recreational infrastructure for years to come.”

Leblanc spoke on behalf of federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna.

The federal government is investing more than $5.4 million towards the project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The provincial government is providing $4 million through the Regional Development Corporation. The Village of Cap-Pelé is contributing more than $4.1 million.

“This centre will allow our region of 15,000 to make use of modern facilities year-round to maintain good health and to have a sense of belonging to their community,” said Cap-Pelé Mayor Serge Léger.

The centre will improve access to community, cultural and recreational facilities for about15,000 people between Shediac and Port Elgin.