Saint John will benefit from infrastructure upgrades to help bring people back to public spaces safely

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

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, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay, announced an investment of $300,000 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Royal United Services Institute of New Brunswick (RUSI NB). The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This support will allow RUSI NB to erect an accessible outdoor naval memorial in downtown Saint John, to honour New Brunswick’s involvement in the Second World War. The memorial, which will be the first of its kind in the province, will contribute to the vitality and cohesion of the community and provide an improved site for community gatherings.

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.

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