East Dartmouth BGC will benefit from new outdoor space to help get people back to public spaces safely

The Government of Canada is fueling community revitalization and creating the conditions for local economies to thrive

October 17, 2022 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Canadian cities thrive when they have community-based 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, Darren Fisher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Seniors and Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, announced an investment of $75,000 through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRCF) for BGC Greater Halifax Clubs. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This support helped the nonprofit build an outdoor patio at the East Dartmouth Community Center, home of BGC East Dartmouth. The terrace has accessible walkways, trees, plants, tables, benches and a mural. It provides space for more diverse programming and a safe place to spend time outdoors. The terrace also has electric lighting, charging stations and Wi-Fi to provide young people and the whole community with access to technology. The center is used by many community groups in addition to the BGC, all of whom will benefit from an accessible and comfortable outdoor location to meet and connect.

The CRFC was launched in June 2021. The fund provides $500 million over two years to regional development agencies (RDAs) across Canada to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces. The Government of Canada is committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This will help stimulate local economies, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

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