Port Hawkesbury will benefit from food bank renovations to help bring people back to public spaces safely

Government of Canada fueling community revitalization and creating the conditions for local economies to thrive as they rebound from the effects of COVID-19

December 30, 2021 · Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Canadian cities and towns flourish when they have community 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, Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso, announced an investment of $144,438 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Town of Port Hawkesbury and the Port Hawkesbury Food Bank Society. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.

This support will allow the Port Hawkesbury Food Bank Society to carry out renovations to accommodate safe social distancing. Renovations include changes to the washrooms, entrance and exit doorways; the installation of new refrigeration units, roofing and eavestroughs; and a wheelchair ramp to make the space more accessible. Façade improvements will also be made to provide more privacy and protection for the food bank’s clients. An added benefit of the exterior changes is the building will integrate with its surroundings as part of the community’s waterfront revitalization.

The CCRF was launched in June 2021. The Fund provides $500 million over two years to Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces. As public health restrictions ease, the Government of Canada remains committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This in turn will stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

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