Media Release

October 24, 2016
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Funding Announced for Smallwood Crescent Community Centre and
Marystown Industrial Park

The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador will provide a combined investment of $814,000 to the Smallwood Crescent Community Centre in Marystown for major renovations and improvements and $93,404 for survey work at the Marystown Industrial Park.

The Smallwood Crescent Community Centre is one of eight community centres supported by Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) throughout the province. The centre offers programs such as Homework Haven, the Linkages Program, Kids Eat Smart, the Employment Transitions Program, and a variety of sports and recreational activities.

The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and Mark Browne, MHA for Placentia West-Bellevue and Parliamentary Assistant to the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, made the announcements at an event on Saturday, October 22.

The Provincial Government will contribute $700,000 through NLHC to go with $114,000 from ACOA through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for the Smallwood Crescent Community Centre project. The work will include overall reconfiguration and expansion of existing program and office spaces, major kitchen and bathroom upgrades, installation of a small elevator to enhance building accessibility, and replacement of windows, doors and siding.

The Provincial Government, through the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, will also contribute $25,946 to go with $67,458 from ACOA through its Business Development Program for the Marystown Industrial Park project. The investments will support survey work within the town's industrial park to provide an estimate of costs associated with removal or filling of materials on the industrial park lots as required for anticipated industrial developments.

Quotes:

"Smallwood Crescent Community Centre has been an empowering entity within the community for over 21 years. We are proud to support this renovation project which will enable the centre to enhance the programs and services it offers. Funding for the Marystown Industrial Park will help the town to better plan for future industrial and economic development which will benefit the entire region."
- The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

"The Government of Canada has made a commitment to improve community infrastructure as a way to celebrate this great country's 150th anniversary and to help boost our community's resiliency and economic success. By making strategic investments in important community assets like the Smallwood Crescent Community Centre and the Marystown Industrial Park we are helping to improve the spaces where families come together and creating opportunities for new businesses to establish themselves in the town. United, productive communities make for a strong and prosperous Canada."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

"The Smallwood Crescent Community Centre is an integral part of Marystown, offering programming, services and a gathering space for families and children. The Marystown Industrial Park speaks to the promising future for business growth in the town, helping to improve the lives of and opportunities for the people of Marystown and the entire region."
- The Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

"Today's announcement demonstrates our government's commitment to enhancing the social fabric of our community through upgrades and renovations to the Smallwood Crescent Community Centre while also making strategic investments to improve our region's economic health through survey work at the Marystown Industrial Park. These investments are an example of the great things that can be accomplished when governments and communities work together, and will benefit the region for years to come."
- Mark Browne, MHA for Placentia West-Bellevue and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier

"We are thrilled to receive this funding. Our staff members have worked ardently over the years to deliver a high standard of programming for the community, and we look forward to the increased opportunities these renovations and improvements will create."
- Darrell Jackman, Executive Director, Smallwood Crescent Community Centre

QUICK FACTS

  • An investment of $814,000 has been made to the Smallwood Crescent Community Centre, Marystown to support major renovations.
  • The Provincial Government contributed $700,000 to the project through NLHC, to go with $114,000 from ACOA through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
  • Smallwood Crescent Community Centre offers programs such as Homework Haven, Linkages Program, Kids Eat Smart, Employment Transitions Program, and a variety of sports and recreational activities.
  • The Provincial Government, through the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, will also contribute $25,946 to go with $67,458 from ACOA through its Business Development Program for the Marystown Industrial Park project.

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Media contacts:

Michelle Cannizzaro
Media Relations Manager
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
michellecannizzaro@gov.nl.ca
Jenny Bowring
Manager of Corporate Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing
Corporation
709-724-3055
jmbowring@nlhc.nl.ca

Paul McGrath
Director, Communications
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
Paul.mcgrath@canada.ca

Debbie Marnell
Director of Communications (A)
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and
Rural Development
709-729-4819, 699-9048
debbiemarnell@gov.nl.ca