Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Leaves Lasting Legacy On Charlottetown Recreation Centre

Dean Lund

Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, was on site at the Bell Aliant Centre recently for a tour of the Complex, to view the completed projects that were made possible from funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) that was delivered locally through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (now concluded), supported social infrastructure improvements in communities across the country to better position each group to serve its community and economic needs, with upwards of fifty percent funding of their total project costs.

MP Casey says “Bell Aliant Centre is a great example of a community-based building that serves as a gathering point to bring residents and visitors together. Our government continues to support infrastructure that will promote health and wellbeing in an inclusive way in our communities.”

Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, with the Bell Aliant Centre Daycamps. Photo credit Karlie Aucoin

The funds provided to the Bell Aliant Centre were earmarked for three projects that built capacity, and repurposed underutilized space for greater functionality. Work included closing in the second floor viewing area over the pool deck, a new closed in and furnished viewing area in front of the MacLauchlan Arena windows in the main concourse, and redesigning the stairs leading to the dressing rooms in the arena.

Sue Fraser, General Manager at the Bell Aliant Centre, says “the Canada 150 Fund leveraged additional funds in order to complete over $300,000 worth of much needed capital work in this building. We are grateful for the support and guidance from ACOA and our Member of Parliament, Sean Casey who recognized the positive health, social and economic impact our complex has island-wide.”

About the Bell Aliant Centre
The Bell Aliant Centre is Charlottetown and surrounding area’s most comprehensive recreation facility. Located on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island, and governed by a board represented by the City of Charlottetown, UPEI, and Town of Stratford. Complete with an Aquatics facility and home of MacLauchlan Arena.

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