July 9, 2018 –Welshpool, NB – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Making smart investments in Atlantic Canada’s communities to help them develop their tourism assets will bring more visitors to our shores and create good middle-class jobs. Today, the governments of Canada and New Brunswick announced an investment of nearly $843,000 for the Friars Bay Development Association, to help this organization make important infrastructure improvements to the Welshpool Wharf.
Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, along with John Ames, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, were in Welshpool today to make the announcement.
This investment supports phase 2 of the Welshpool Landing project and includes repairs to the wharf approach structure. Phase 1 was completed in December 2016, and included renovations and upgrades to the main floor of Welshpool Hall, the installation of interior floats and a gangway for the Welshpool Wharf, as well as related electrical service upgrades. These improvements to the Welshpool Wharf will enable the community to capitalize on opportunities related to tourism and aquaculture.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is making a non-repayable contribution of $397,995 to the project under the Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), while the Province of New Brunswick is contributing $444,816 through the Regional Development Corporation.
This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy by helping the region’s tourism industry attract more visitors and create new jobs across the region. This bold new approach is in line with Canada’s Tourism Vision, which seeks to make Canada a top-ten global tourism destination by 2025.
“The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is making strategic investments that build on competitive regional advantages. These infrastructure improvements will expand recreational opportunities for local citizens while enhancing the local economy by attracting more tourists to the region, helping to generate benefits for years to come.’’
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
“The Government of Canada knows that investing in infrastructure helps communities thrive and creates good, well-paying jobs that help the middle class grow and prosper. These infrastructure improvements will enhance community events and promote an increase in tourism opportunities, all of which represent important steps toward strengthening the local economy, supporting quality of life, and promoting growth and prosperity in this region.”
- Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest
“Increased tourism and investing in infrastructure lead to more jobs and a stronger economy which will benefit all New Brunswickers. We are pleased to be a partner with the federal government in this important infrastructure investment for the Welshpool Wharf.”
- The Honourable John Ames, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture
“Welshpool Landing promises to increase marine and vehicle tourism traffic for the entire Quoddy Region. The Friars Bay Development Association is grateful for the farsighted support from area residents, businesses, and the federal and provincial governments.”
- Joseph Gough, President, Friars Bay Development Association
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Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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Mr. Joseph Gough
Friars Bay Development Association
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