A new investment in multi-use trails will help people in Inverness County make the most of recreational opportunities year-round.
The province is contributing $50,000 towards a new snow groomer machine for the Ceilidh Trails Groomers Association. The machine will help keep recreational trails in Inverness County open for activities through the winter.
Energy Minister Michael Samson announced the funding on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince today, April 21, in Whycocomagh.
“We understand the value of strong communities and we are prepared to invest in community organizations and projects,” said Mr. Samson. “Our support in this project is testament to our government’s dedication to improve the quality of life of Nova Scotians, and it illustrates how we are prepared to work with communities all over Nova Scotia so people can lead active lives.”
The Government of Canada contributed $88,575 toward the project through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Additional funding came from the Municipality of the County of Inverness, private sponsors and local businesses.
“This investment in Ceilidh Trails Groomers Association reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to promoting healthier communities across Canada, and we are pleased to support initiatives in communities such as this, that work to improve infrastructure and foster economic growth in the region,” said Rodger Cuzner, MP for Cape Breton–Canso, on behalf of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Minister Navdeep Bains. “To be successful, we need to work together with our industry and community partners, and involve all levels of government.”
“After achieving great success with sponsorship money, and the County of Inverness and the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage coming on board, we are very pleased that the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency recognized the importance of our project for Cape Breton Tourism,” said Richard Jamieson, fundraiser chairperson for the Ceilidh Trails Groomers Association. “With the support of all three levels of government and individual pledges, our goal was achieved.”
Investment in community organizations and increasing access to recreation for Nova Scotians are vital parts of the province’s recently unveiled culture strategy, Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan. You can read the full plan at https://novascotia.ca/culture/.