AFTON STATION: Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso, today announced contributions totalling $243,735, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, to repair and upgrade three community facilities in Antigonish County.
Cuzner made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
A $165,250 non-repayable contribution will support Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation as it repairs its multi-purpose community facility with the replacement of siding, windows, doors and exterior building lighting. It is the only large facility in the community and is used for Salite (gatherings after funerals), training, indoor powwows, band meetings, elder and senior activities, arts and craft sales, and sporting events. The repairs will ensure the building’s exterior remains weather-tight, safe and operationally viable so that the facility can hold community events for years to come. Additional support for the project includes a $166,800 contribution from Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation.
A $63,235 non-repayable contribution will support the Heatherton Development Culture and Wellness Association as it upgrades the Heatherton and Area Community Centre through roof repairs, electrical upgrades, the installation of efficient heat pumps, as well as repairing and painting the building exterior. The project will improve the building’s operational sustainability by creating energy savings and making it suitable for a wider variety of rental opportunities. Additional support for the project includes a $63,235 investment from the association.
A $15,250 non-repayable contribution will also support la Société de Développement de Pomquet as it constructs a covered deck on the Chez Deslauriers cultural facility. The Chez Deslauriers property is a focal point for the community and visitors during the summer months. It includes a heritage home converted into a restaurant, an interpretive centre, an outdoor stage and a coastal and inland trail system. The property provides visitors with an Acadian dining experience and the opportunity to learn about the natural and human history of the area. The renovation will improve infrastructure for residents and visitors for occasions such as community events, school trips, and weddings. Additional support for the project includes a $15,000 contribution from the Municipality of the County of Antigonish and a $2,000 investment from la Société de Développement de Pomquet.