April 7, 2017 – Liverpool, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
The Brookfield Mines Trail Association, the Region of Queens Municipality and the Astor Theatre Society will improve their community infrastructure as a result of investments by the Government of Canada. These investments support the vitality of organizations that bring in visitors to the area and support entertainment, food service, accommodations and other hospitality businesses. Furthermore, these projects will result in local purchasing of supplies and will create jobs for local contractors in Queens County.
The Government of Canada is investing $173,496 in three projects through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). The support was announced today by Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South-Shore – St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA.
An $81,000 contribution will help the Brookfield Mines Trail Association (BMTA) to undertake upgrades to the Gold Mines Trail - an18-kilometre shared-use trail that stretches between Caledonia and Colpton. The Gold Mines Trail is ideal for walking, cycling, skiing, ATV, and snowmobile use.
The funding will assist with brush clearing, installation of regulatory signage and gates, repairing sections of trail surface and completing construction of smaller bridges. The Province of Nova Scotia, through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Off-Highway Vehicle Infrastructure Fund, has provided a combined contribution of $60,000 towards this project. The Region of Queens Municipality has also provided $5,000 in support.
A $55,263 contribution will also assist the Region of Queens Municipality replace the roof of the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre, in order to stabilize this important heritage property. The Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre is attached to the Astor Theatre and is also home to the Acadia First Nation’s Sipuke’l Gallery and other exhibit spaces.
Additionally, a $37,233 contribution is being provided to the Astor Theatre Society to complete upgrades to the main area and balcony seating. The theatre is the oldest performing arts venue in Nova Scotia. In 1917 when silent films were first introduced, this is where people came to the movies. During World War II, the cinema regularly featured war documentaries and newsreels.
The Astor Theatre / Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre is an important community hub in Liverpool which attracts large events such as the Liverpool International Theatre Festival the Privateer Days Commission. Additional support for this renovation project came from a donation of 435 lightly-used theatre seats from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
“Upgrading local cultural and recreational assets helps attract tourists, supports small businesses, and ensures that these community resources are accessible to the residents of Queens County for many years to come. We want to help build a better Canada—one with a thriving middle class. Projects such as these support the Government of Canada’s goals.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“The Astor Theatre/Liverpool Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre and the Gold Mines Trail are important components of the cultural heritage and ongoing vibrancy of Queens County. The Government of Canada is pleased to support recreational and cultural infrastructure projects such as these that contribute to residents’ quality of life and encourage visitors to stay longer, and explore what our area of Nova Scotia has to offer” - Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South-Shore – St. Margaret’s
“These are the types of community groups that are important to the fabric of the South Shore. Whether it be active lifestyle, active transportation or the arts – these projects will enhance opportunities and further promote our region as a great place to live, work and play.” - Mark Furey, Business Minister and Lunenburg West MLA
“The Canada 150 Infrastructure funding will make a lasting impact in our community in many ways. We are pleased to be a recipient of funding, along with the Brookfield Mines Trail Association and the Astor Theatre Society, both of whom will be able to complete significant work. Trail improvements in North Queens for motorized vehicles and physical activity, and connecting theatre audiences to rich arts and cultural experiences are appreciated enhancements for Queens County. Replacing the roof of the historic Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre will ensure that the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre continues as a hub of downtown Liverpool, providing a home for numerous artists and cultural organizations for many years in the future.” - David Dagley, Mayor, Region of Queens Municipality
“Recreation and tourism is the future for rural communities in the South Shore of Nova Scotia in so many ways. With the help of ACOA and other Government agencies we plan to revitalize and expand our existing infrastructure to encourage good health and economic growth within our communities. We understand that we have a unique natural/historical landscape that attracts people from all around the world, and we are working as a community to make that accessible to all." - Hugh Kind, Chair, Brookfield Mines Trail Association
“The Astor Theatre Society is grateful to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa for their kind donation of 435 seats and ACOA for their assistance. For over 100 years, the theatre has improved the quality of life for residents and has been a source of community identity and pride. This investment will ensure the Astor Theatre continues as a cultural, social, and economic centrepiece of the South Shore for years to come.” - Michael Boudreau, Chairman, Astor Theatre Society
“We were pleased to donate the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall seats to help the historic Astor Theatre. This investment will further extend the life of the Astor Theatre, and contribute to the performing arts community in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.” - Diane Lemire, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO's Office, National Arts Centre
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150) is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships, and support the Government of Canada’s commitment to promote a clean-growth economy and ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples.