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 well-being in an inclusive way in our communities.”
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.”