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Funding announced for projects to benefit businesses and community groups in Clare

Present for the funding announcement were Clare Warden Ronnie LeBlanc, West Nova MP Colin Fraser, David Deveau, President of Riverside Lobster International Inc. and Daniel LeBlanc, Artistic Director for Le Festival acadien de Clare.
Present for the funding announcement were Clare Warden Ronnie LeBlanc, West Nova MP Colin Fraser, David Deveau, President of Riverside Lobster International Inc. and Daniel LeBlanc, Artistic Director for Le Festival acadien de Clare.

LITTLE BROOK, DIGBY COUNTY, N.S. – The Municipality of the District of Clare will upgrade community infrastructure this year, including a wastewater system and a former schoolhouse, to support the growth of businesses and community groups in the area.

The infrastructure improvement projects will create jobs for local contractors, as well as up to 80 new positions at Riverside Lobster International Inc.

In a media release, the federal government says it is investing $378,500 in the projects through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)’s Innovative Communities Fund. The support was announced Feb. 27 by West Nova MP Colin Fraser on behalf of Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development and minister responsible for ACOA. 

A $278,500 contribution will support the municipality as it completes a 750-metre extension of the wastewater system on John Thibodeau Road. Project activities include engineering design, site preparation and infrastructure upgrades.

The extension will provide improved services to a major employer in the area, Riverside Lobster, as well as future businesses, enabling them to grow. The upgrades will also help protect Saint Mary’s Bay, the government says.

The infrastructure improvement projects will create jobs for local contractors, as well as up to 80 new positions at Riverside Lobster International Inc.

In a media release, the federal government says it is investing $378,500 in the projects through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)’s Innovative Communities Fund. The support was announced Feb. 27 by West Nova MP Colin Fraser on behalf of Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development and minister responsible for ACOA. 

A $278,500 contribution will support the municipality as it completes a 750-metre extension of the wastewater system on John Thibodeau Road. Project activities include engineering design, site preparation and infrastructure upgrades.

The extension will provide improved services to a major employer in the area, Riverside Lobster, as well as future businesses, enabling them to grow. The upgrades will also help protect Saint Mary’s Bay, the government says.

Additional support for the project includes $139,250 from the municipality and $139,250 from Riverside Lobster. 

A $100,000 contribution will support the municipality as it completes upgrades to the former schoolhouse in Comeauville. Project activities include design work, interior and exterior upgrades, an extension to the entrance, signage and landscaping. The near-century-old building currently hosts a cluster of francophone organizations, including CIFA radio, Festival acadien de Clare and Société acadienne de Clare. The funding will help complete the conversion of the facility into a modern rental space for cultural organizations, social enterprises and essential services that support Acadian and indigenous heritage. Additional support for the project includes $100,000 from the municipality.

“Our government is pleased to support socio-economic and cultural infrastructure such as the old Comeauville schoolhouse, as well as public works infrastructure such as the wastewater line extension,” Fraser said. “Projects like these help our local economy grow and strive by increasing the vitality of our communities and creating meaningful employment opportunities.”

Clare Warden Ronnie LeBlanc said the funding is welcome news.

 “The Municipality of the District of Clare is committed to fostering an environment which allows the private and not-for-profit sectors to thrive,” LeBlanc said. “These two enabling projects are reflective of this commitment. The proposed sewer extension will grow the Municipality’s core infrastructure and, in doing so, create opportunities for business development and job creation.”

LeBlanc said the municipality is also pleased to invest in renovation of the old Comeauville schoolhouse “as a means of supporting the hard work and dedication of the community’s many cultural stakeholders and to help position these groups for future growth and prosperity.” 

ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT

MP Colin Fraser also announced on Feb. 27 that the Government of Canada has increased funding for renovations at the Clare Veterans Centre (Saulnierville Legion Hall), announced in July 2015, from $ 48,386 to $ 102,325.

 

 

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