ST. STEPHEN (GNB) – A provincial and federal investment of more than $986,000 was announced today for three projects to build community infrastructure in St. Stephen, Blacks Harbour and St. George.

“Investing in community public spaces to support social interaction, outdoor activity and provide access to recreational programs and facilities is an important part of building vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Saint Croix MLA Kathy Bockus. “These facilities are essential to the overall well-being of the people in these communities.”

Bockus attended the event for Environment and Climate Change Minister Gary Crossman, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

The three projects are:

  • Town of St. Stephen – $253,900 in provincial funding for upgrades to the downtown square to support outdoor spaces.
  • Blacks Harbour – $10,000 in provincial funding to Eastern Charlotte Waterways to create an accessible and green outdoor community space.
  • St. George – $270,000 in provincial funding to build a section of the Coastal Link Trail

“When we invest in shared public spaces, such as trails and outdoor community spaces, we help communities build opportunity and promote healthy living for their residents,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace. “Our population is growing, and these projects highlight our success in building vibrant communities and a stronger economy.” 

The province is providing $533,000 through the Regional Development Corporation and the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is providing $453,061 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund.

“The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is committed to working closely with communities to support projects that contribute to the quality of life of the families who live there,” said Saint John MP Wayne Long. “We believe that investing in strategic infrastructure projects is key to helping create new opportunities and strengthen regional economies.”

Long spoke for Official Languages Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who is also minister responsible for ACOA.