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Town of St. Stephen

Town of St. Stephen
Government of New Brunswick

Government of New Brunswick

November 14, 2014 12:30 ET

St. Stephen Celebrates the Completion of Garcelon Civic Center

ST. STEPHEN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Nov. 14, 2014) - The residents of St. Stephen and surrounding communities will be able to enjoy a healthier lifestyle thanks to the newly completed Garcelon Civic Center.

Located near the scenic St. Croix River, the new recreation facility will be used for various health, wellness and cultural services, from hosting meetings, seminars, training and sporting events, to cultural and tourism festivals and concerts. The building includes several multi-purpose rooms, a reception area, a full-sized ice surface, a walking and jogging track, a 25-metre training pool, and a therapeutic swimming pool.

The Center will be a place where people can gather and enjoy its various amenities. Destined to be the focal point of St. Stephen's downtown core area, the Garcelon Civic Center will attract visitors and new residents, and will be an area of interest for new and existing businesses.

Quick Facts:

  • The Government of Canada has committed up to $6.2 million through the Building Canada Fund-Major Infrastructure Component to the project, and $2 million through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency under the Innovative Communities Fund.
  • The Province of New Brunswick has contributed up to $6.2 million to the project.
  • The Town of St. Stephen contributed the remaining $5.2 million of the $19.6 million to the project.

Quotes:

"Our Government supports community-building infrastructure projects like the Garcelon Civic Center. We understand the need to work with communities, like St. Stephen, and the province on behalf of all residents. The completed Garcelon Civic Center will attract more people and families to St. Stephen's Front Street, which will have a positive boost to the local economy. I have been pleased to work with the Town and provincial MLAs to complete this important project."

John Williamson, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

"The completion of the Garcelon Civic Center project means the facility is now the focal point of St-Stephen's downtown core that will serve residents of St. Stephen, Charlotte County as well as our neighbours in Calais and Washington County, Maine who will be able to enjoy all of the various venues this facility will offer. The Garcelon Civic Center will provide a venue to develop a health and wellness and inclusive living environment that will benefit our region socially as well as economically. Today's celebration of the Garcelon Civic Center symbolizes the true meaning of partnership between governments and people of St-Stephen and Charlotte County."

The Honourable Rick Doucet, New Brunswick Minister of Economic Development and Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

"As we celebrate the grand opening of the beautiful Garcelon Civic Center, it is appropriate to thank the contractors whose craftsmanship made this beautiful facility, the volunteers who have spent countless hours planning, designing and fundraising and to all of our government partners, donors and residents of St. Stephen who together made this day possible. The Garcelon Civic Center will undoubtedly improve the quality of life in our communities on both sides of the international border and validate the saying that, 'good things come to those who wait."

His Worship John Quartermain, Mayor of St. Stephen

Associated Links:

To learn more about the federal Building Canada Fund-Major Infrastructure Component visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/bcf-fcc-eng.html#mic-vgi.

To learn more about St. Stephen, New Brunswick visit: http://www.town.ststephen.nb.ca/index.php and the Garcelon Civic Center visit: http://www.garcelonciviccenter.ca.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at http://www.eap.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1838

    Bruce Macfarlane
    Communications
    Regional Development Corporation
    506-453-8607

    John Quartermain
    Mayor
    Town of St. Stephen
    506-466-7700

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca