$1 million to be spent upgrading recreational facilities at Université Sainte-Anne

Published on January 24, 2017

Université Sainte-Anne


CHURCH POINT, N.S. – $1 million to be spent on recreational facilities at Université Sainte-Anne

On Jan. 23, West Nova MP Colin Fraser announced a $500,000 non-repayable contribution through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF). Université Sainte-Anne is matching this by providing $500,000 in additional funding support for the project.
Efficiency, infrastructure and equipment upgrades will be carried to the university’s weight and cardio room, the pool area, the gymnasium mezzanine, change rooms and the outdoor tennis and basketball courts.
“Students, staff and members of the community will benefit from the project. It is yet another service focused on well-being that Sainte-Anne can offer to help boost the vitality of remote areas and minority communities,” said Allister Surette, President and Vice-Chancellor, Université Sainte-Anne
The university’s sport facilities are used widely by students, faculty, local residents and visitors. Its sport centre is recognized as a recreational hub, hosting social and sporting events like the Festival Acadien de Clare, Special Olympics and local and provincial tournaments.
Upgrades to the facilities are needed to continue to provide a safe, high-quality user experience, reads a media release.  The upgraded facilities will enhance the university and community’s ability to attract and retain students, residents and visitors, while increasing capacity to host social and sporting events, drawing new audiences to the region.
“Université Sainte-Anne is an important contributor to local economic growth and is engaged in projects with a focus on sustainable community economic development,” said Fraser. “The university is a focal point for the province’s francophone communities and contributes to Nova Scotia's cultural and linguistic diversity. This project will improve the quality of the university's recreational amenities, enhancing them for events and community recreational use.”