Bedford, Nova Scotia, November 2, 2020—The safety and well-being of Canadians are top priorities of the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. But the COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than Canadians’ personal health; it is also having a profound impact on the economy.

That is why governments are taking decisive action to support families, businesses and rural communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done.

Today, the Honourable Geoff Regan, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Nova Scotia Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage; His Worship, Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality; Jennifer Bishop, Chair of the Board of Directors, Tennis Canada; and Jack Graham, Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors, Atlantic Tennis Centre, announced support for the new Atlantic Tennis Centre during its grand opening event in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

The new state-of-the-art facility boasts 18 courts—six outdoor, including two clay courts, and 12 indoor—to accommodate for year-round play. The facility also includes changing rooms, modern strength and conditioning rooms, a pickleball and mini-tennis courts for adults and children. Space has also been provided for Tennis Canada and Tennis Nova Scotia offices.

As the largest regional training facility east of Montreal, Nova Scotia residents and visitors will benefit from access to a wide range of tennis programs lead by Tennis Canada coaches, allowing members to play and compete at the highest level without needing to leave the Maritimes. The facility is also equipped to host tournaments of all levels, meeting the increased need for recreational infrastructure that can host major sporting events while contributing to the regional economy.

The government of Canada contributed over $3.1 million to this project through the National and Regional Projects component of the New Building Canada Fund. The governments of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality provided $2.5 million each. Tennis Canada has contributed $500,000. The remainder of project funding came from fundraising and private donors.

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