News Release Article from  Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Cape Breton Community Recreation Facilities Undergo Upgrades

Government of Canada Supporting Community Infrastructure in Atlantic Canada

March 17, 2016 - Baddeck, N.S. - Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

The Victoria Highland Civic Centre in Baddeck and the Meat Cove Welcome Centre are receiving upgrades. Today, the Government of Canada announced a total of $33,500 to support the work through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

The Government of Canada is contributing $21,000 to the Victoria Highland Civic Centre to replace a faulty condenser used in ice-making, and to complete necessary roof repairs. Work on the roof has been completed and the condenser will be installed in the coming weeks. The upgrades will enable residents and visitors to the area to enjoy the many social and recreational activities offered at the facility.

As well, the Meat Cove Development and CAP Association is receiving an investment of $12,500 to support upgrades at the Meat Cove Welcome Centre. Work involves interior and exterior upgrades including roof repairs, improvements to insulation and decking, kitchen renovations and flooring work. The upgrades enable the Welcome Centre to continue to function as Meat Cove’s community centre, as well as host the regular influx of tourists the community receives due to its proximity to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.


“Community infrastructure is a vital source of sustainability in rural areas. Facilities like the Victoria Highland Civic Centre and the Meat Cove Welcome Centre offer a place where families and friends can spend their time connecting and coming together as a community. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that rural communities have the resources to spark economic development and long-term sustainability for years to come.”

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

“Investing in infrastructure is about taking care of people, our community, and our home. The Victoria Highland Civic Centre and the Meat Cove Welcome Centre are fine examples of the positive impact of community infrastructure in rural Nova Scotia. Both facilities offer exciting opportunities for locals and visitors to come together to learn and play.”

     - The Honourable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney—Victoria

“These upgrades to the Victoria Highland Civic Centre will allow us to continue to host and attract a wider range of major events. The Centre is a focal point of activity in our community and we are thrilled that we can continue to serve our community to the best of our ability with this assistance.”

     - David Fraser, Treasurer Victoria Highland Civic Center

“The Meat Cove Welcome Centre offers dependable services that have a significant impact on the livelihood of residents and tourists in Meat Cove. Upgrades to the Welcome Centre ensure that we can uphold these services that make Meat Cove a great place to live and visit.”

Derek MacLellan, Co-ordinator, Meat Cove Development and CAP Association

Associated Links:


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

David Fraser
Victoria Highland Civic Center
902-295-8056 (cell)

Derek MacLellan
Meat Cove Development and CAP Association

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