Upgrades Honour Region’s Coal Mining History

Federal, provincial and municipal governments invest in infrastructure upgrades for Glace Bay

January 24, 2017 – Glace Bay, N.S. – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); along with the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia; and Mayor Cecil Clarke of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality were at the Miners Museum today to announce funding for two community infrastructure projects in Glace Bay.

The Cape Breton Miners Foundation, the group responsible for overseeing the popular Miners Museum, is receiving a $537,500 non-repayable investment through the ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund. The Province of Nova Scotia, through Communities, Culture and Heritage, is contributing an additional $537,500 to the project, while the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) is contributing $487,500. The support will enable the Foundation to complete significant repairs and upgrades to the Museum and prepare for the modernization of its displays.

The Foundation’s request for assistance was prompted by the findings of the 2015 Building Envelope Assessment which recommended energy upgrades as well as remedial and new work to the roof, doors, windows, lighting, brick walls and ventilation systems in order to sustain the current building. In addition to these renovations, this project also includes a planning study for interactive and interior spaces to help the museum progress towards enhanced display offerings to attract new and returning visitors.

Additionally, a $100,500 contribution is being provided through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to the Glace Bay Community Commons Society. The Province of Nova Scotia, through Communities, Culture and Heritage, is also providing a $100,000 investment. Additional support includes a $100,000 contribution from the Cape Breton Regional Municipality and $40,000 generated through fundraising efforts by the Glace Bay Community Commons Society. This funding will enable the Society to complete upgrades to the South Street recreation complex, also known as the Glace Bay Commons. Infrastructure enhancements include land improvements to a fenced-in area, the installation of new lighting for the walking track, and the addition of a splash pad and baseball-themed playground equipment.


“The investments announced today will ensure that these community groups can undertake vital infrastructure enhancements that will create immediate jobs while supporting innovation, growth, and sustainable, safe and healthy communities for the future.”
     − The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“These projects are a shining example of the outcomes we can achieve when we combine our resources and collaborate to improve the places in which we live, work and play. Renovations to the Miners Museum will ensure that our coal mining history is honoured and remains intact for visitors and residents to explore and enjoy. Upgrades to the Glace Bay Commons will provide recreational opportunities to be enjoyed for many years to come.”

     − Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton – Canso

“Our government is committed to strong communities and maintaining our heritage. We see projects like this as a way to keep communities strong and grow the economy. The province is making these investments in this museum and the Glace Bay Commons to make this community stronger so that families, seniors, and youth can continue to come together.”

     − The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia

“We are pleased to be able to participate, with our federal and provincial partners, in these important investments for the benefit of Glace Bay residents and our tourism industry.” 
     − Cecil Clarke, Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality

“The Cape Breton Miners Museum’s Board, staff and volunteers would like to thank the federal, provincial and municipal governments for their investment in our infrastructure. In 2017, the Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary. With this funding, we are on our way to ensuring that we will be here to celebrate our centennial anniversary.”

      − James Kerr, President, Cape Breton Miners Foundation

“As a longtime resident and member of the local business community I am both proud and honored to be part of such a great community project. The collaboration between all levels of government and the community truly shows what we can accomplish by working together.”

     − Dana Milley, President of the Glace Bay Community Commons Society

 Associated Links


Alex Smith
Director of Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Phone: 902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell)
E-mail: alex.smith@canada.ca 

Gary Andrea
Province of Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-456-6196
Email: Gary.Andrea@novascotia.ca 

Christina Lamey
Office of the Mayor
Phone: 902-574-0178 (cell)
Email: clamey@cbrm.ns.ca

Mary Pat Mombourquette
Executive Director
Miners Museum
Phone: 902-565-1942 (cell)
Email: marypat@minersmuseum.com

Charlene Bradbury
Glace Bay Community Commons Society
Phone: 902-565-7041 (cell)


Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150)

The CIP150 is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships, while supporting the Government’s priorities to promote a clean-growth economy and ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples.

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