As of June 19, 2014, the operation of Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation has been transferred to both the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Public Works and Government Services Canada. Content on this site has been archived for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes.
Web pages that are archived on the Internet are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. For more information on archived materials, please visit Library and Archives Canada
Please refer to the appropriate Government of Canada Agency/Department for updated information:
SYDNEY (NS) – February 17, 2009 – Thanks to investments by the Government of Canada, Cape Bretoners will have access to exciting new facilities to help them enhance their quality of life and boost their local economy.
Federal funding of more than $4.3 million was announced today by the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), for the construction of the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex and for a Centre for Small Business Development at Cape Breton University (CBU) to help existing businesses and prospective entrepreneurs succeed.
“These investments demonstrate the Government of Canada’s commitment to building strong communities,” said Minister Ashfield. “The Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex has the potential to be one of the most comprehensive health and recreation facilities in Nova Scotia while the CBU Centre for Small Business Development will play an integral role in ongoing economic development efforts for the Island. Both projects serve to make Cape Breton a better place to live, work and invest.”
The Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex is owned and operated by a not-for-profit society. It will serve the general public and will include indoor and outdoor soccer fields; an eight lane synthetic track with a field event venue; a community health and wellness facility; community outreach programming rooms; various game courts and practice venues as well as academic/wellness programming and research. The site of the facility encompasses several acres adjacent to the Canada Games Complex and CBU residences.
The total cost of the Complex is $10,000,000. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) is investing $3,000,000 in the project, with an additional $500,000 being provided through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF).
The CBU Small Business Development Centre will operate under the auspices of the Shannon School of Business and will focus its efforts on new business start-ups, business growth and retention, innovation and training, with the overall goal of fostering a culture of entrepreneurship within the university and the broader Cape Breton community.
There are currently five business development centres operating at universities across Nova Scotia. They offer guidance for clients on various aspects of starting and growing businesses by providing counselling, consulting services, entrepreneurship promotion, training and research and development. Consulting projects are done for a fee and often involve students.
The total cost of the Small Business Development Centre is $1,039,532. ECBC is investing $887,441 in the project.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
Mr. Jim Merkley
Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex Society
Cape Breton University