Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

September 10, 2009 10:00 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Supports New YMCA in Fredericton

Investment will create jobs and stimulate the economy

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2009) - Residents of the city of Fredericton will soon benefit from enhanced social, recreational and community services thanks to the construction of a brand new YMCA facility in the city. Funding for the $18.5 million community centre was announced today at an event attended by the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), the Honourable Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick, and Bud Bird, representing the YMCA.

The new YMCA will be used for sports, physical and recreational programs, as well as community and social programs. The YMCA anticipates that construction of the new 60,000 square foot building will provide immediate economic stimulus, resulting in 100 construction jobs. The completed project will employ 50 full-time staff and 250 part-time staff and is expected to inject $5 million annually into the local economy.

"Stimulating our economy and keeping people working during these tough economic times are top priorities for our Government," said Minister Ashfield. "Our Government is focused on providing real results for Canadians and the communities in which they live. The support for the new YMCA will create jobs and inject capital into our economy, while providing residents in Fredericton the opportunity to promote heath and wellness for generations to come."

"The YMCA plays a key role in the capital region," said Premier Graham. "It offers a variety of programs for all ages, which support the government's commitment to promote wellness, active living, quality of life, and self-sufficiency."

The project will promote health and wellness for residents of Fredericton. The site of the future building is located in the downtown core and will promote modes of active transportation and use of city transit services. The new Fredericton YMCA will be 60,000 square feet and include a wellness centre, gymnasium, squash courts, community rooms, a child development centre and a 25 meter lap pool plus an instructional/warm water pool. To be built on the site of the former Albert Street school, the new Y will be easily accessible within a ten minute drive of all parts of the city, as well as by public and active (walking/cycling) transportation.

"On behalf of the Board of the YMCA of Fredericton I would like to acknowledge the federal government's contribution towards building a new Y and to express our sincere thank-you", said Karina LeBlanc, Fredericton Y President. "We have been preparing for a capital project for a number of years and we're very excited about what a new building will mean to the Y's ability to serve the community - the capacity to serve more than twice as many children, teens, adults and families in our health and wellness programs and to increase the financial assistance available to those in need."

The Government of Canada is contributing more than $5.2 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to support the project. The YMCA will finance the remaining costs. The Province of New Brunswick has sold a 6.5 acre parcel of land, valued at $2.5 million, for $1 to the YMCA for the project pending completion of legal agreements, including land transaction by the Property Management Division of Supply and Services.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government established the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects.

Funding will be available for two years for projects that will begin during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons. This initiative is structured to flow funding and get shovels in the ground quickly.

Canada and New Brunswick are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently so that construction can begin as soon as possible.

For more information, please visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Regional Development Corporation
    Bruce Macfarlane
    506-444-4606