Saint John, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Canada’s tourism sector is a key economic driver and the Government of Canada continues to ensure that tourism businesses and organizations, as well as municipalities and Indigenous communities dependent on the sector, are resourced and ready to start back up as our economy reopens. That is why the federal government, through ACOA, is supporting the Port of Saint John to develop tourism infrastructure and contribute to the city’s recovery efforts.
Governments invest in re-development of Port property
Today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, along with New Brunswick Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, the Honourable Gary Crossman, announced a total contribution of over $1.7 million to the Saint John Port Authority.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is announcing a commitment to provide a non-repayable contribution of $1,295,000, while the Government of New Brunswick, is providing a
contribution of $450,000 to the Port to establish a container village. The announcement will be made during the opening ceremonies of the AREA 506 Waterfront Concert Series.
The container village, consisting of customized containers for local businesses, retail and hospitality vendors, as well as a stage, lounge and plaza, will create new tourism experiences and business opportunities along the City’s waterfront.
This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting the tourism sector, as well as spurring job creation and prosperity across the country Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA said,“The Government of Canada recognizes the tremendous value of the tourism industry in Atlantic Canada. By supporting projects like this one, we will continue to help businesses and organizations attract more visitors to the region as restrictions are lifted.”