Public Health Agency of Canada

08/12/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/12/2021 08:48

Miramichi region will benefit from investments to help bring people back to public spaces safely

August 12, 2021 · Miramichi, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Shared public spaces such as recreation centres are at the heart of communities across Canada. They draw in residents and visitors alike, supporting local businesses and jobs. In the Miramichi region, as in so many places across Canada, these spaces have seen a significant reduction in use as Canadians took precautions to stay safe from COVID-19.

The Government of Canada recognizes that Canadian cities and towns flourish when they have community public spaces to promote social interaction and physical activity, and provide access to recreational programs and facilities. These amenities are integral to the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces.

Today Pat Finnigan, Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake, announced total investments of $160,486 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for three projects in the Miramichi area. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for ACOA.

For the full list of projects, please see backgrounder.

The CCRF was launched in June 2021. The Fund provides $500 million over two years to Canada's regional development agencies (RDAs) to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces. As public health restrictions ease, the Government of Canada remains committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This in turn will stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.