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Loaves & Fishes Receives a Helping Hand
Government of Canada Supporting Community Infrastructure in Atlantic Canada
March 11, 2016 – Sydney, N.S. – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Loaves and Fishes – Inner-City Churches of Sydney Society will benefit from improved facilities thanks in part to Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding announced today by the Honourable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The Government of Canada has approved a contribution of $29,300 to upgrade the Loaves and Fishes facility on Charlotte Street which has provided meals to people and families in need every day for the past 33 years. This funding is part of the up to $16.6 million in funding allocated for projects in Atlantic Canada under CIP 150. Upgrades to the facility include a new heating system, kitchen equipment and interior renovations.
The national Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is providing up to $150 million over two years to support projects that rehabilitate, renovate and expand existing public infrastructure for communities. It is part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.
- This project will assist the organization in sustaining its operations by reducing costs with a more efficient heating system and by replacing outdated kitchen equipment, resulting in an improved facility that will serve the community for many years to come.
- Infrastructure investments are proven to be an effective means of boosting economic activity and enhancing the quality of life for Canadian families.
- In Atlantic Canada, the CIP 150 program is administered through ACOA.
“Canada 150 is a key milestone in the life of this country, and provides Canadians with the opportunity to celebrate Canada's history and heritage by reinvesting in community infrastructure that will provide a legacy for the future. Our government is proud to support the efforts of the Loaves and Fishes – Sydney to provide sustenance and a sense of community to people in need.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
“Our community is fortunate to have a space like the Loaves and Fishes that provides good meals and even clothing for those who need a little extra helping hand. It’s important to our community to have a space that is committed to ensuring nobody goes hungry or cold.”
- The Honourable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria
“While food is always needed at Loaves and Fishes, keeping the Charlotte Street building heated is a challenge for our society’s limited resources. These upgrades to our heating system are essential to reducing operating costs and ensuring the viability of our centre for years to come.”
- John Bond, Board Chair – Loaves and Fishes – Inner-City Churches of Sydney
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Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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