News Release Article from  Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Upgrades Benefit Musquodoboit Harbour's Old School Community Gathering Place

Government of Canada Supporting Community Infrastructure in Atlantic Canada

March 15, 2016 - Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S. - Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The Old School Community Gathering Place, a heritage and cultural centre in Musquodoboit Harbour, is undergoing upgrades with support from the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

Community facilities across the country play a vital role in boosting both quality of life and economic activity. Many of these facilities are in need of updates and repairs.

The Government of Canada is contributing $20,000 to support interior and exterior upgrades to the Old School Community Gathering Place. Upgrades include exterior painting, electrical rewiring and upgrading, sealing of the lower area of the building, kitchen renovations, installation of built-in storage and improved exterior signage.

The upgrades will ensure that the Old School continues to offer a variety of cultural events and programs, as well as free space for non-profit organizations to meet and develop ideas.

The Government of Nova Scotia and Halifax Regional Municipality are each investing $10,000 in the project.


“Community meeting places are important venues where Canadians gather to share ideas, to honour the past and to build the future. The Government of Canada is committed to making public investments to support the sustainability of these facilities so they may serve Canadians for many years to come.”

     - The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“The Old School Community Gathering Place provides valuable community outreach, promoting the health, well-being and community spirit of people of all ages in Musquodoboit Harbour and surrounding areas. In the last few years, this abandoned school has been rehabilitated to serve a new generation. Today’s investment supports this important work.”

     - Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova

“It’s important for Nova Scotians to have access to public spaces where they can foster opportunities to build a sense of community. That’s why the province is working with not-for-profit community groups and individuals to enhance key facilities like the Old School Community Gathering Place.”

     - Kevin Murphy, MLA Eastern Shore, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince

“With these upgrades, we are able to preserve and honour the historic significance of this facility. This is an essential move to ensure that the Old School Community Gathering Place can continue to host community and cultural events, develop youth-focused initiatives and preserve the rich heritage of Musquodoboit Harbour.”   

     - Laurie Cook, Board Member, Old School Community Gathering Place

Associated Links:


Alex Smith
Director of Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
(902) 426-9417
(902) 830-3839 (cell)

Krista Higdon
Media Relations Advisor
Government of Nova Scotia
(902) 424-6454

Laurie Cook
Board Member
Old School Community Gathering Place
(902) 889-3578

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