The Nova Scotia government is committing $7.7 million to build a community wellness centre as part of the New Waterford Community Hub project.
The wellness centre will support cultural and recreational activities and replace the community space that was lost when Mount Carmel Centre was demolished in 2019.
“Facilities like these are the cornerstones of our neighbourhoods, and the foundation of fond memories for many Nova Scotia families,” said Infrastructure and Housing Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Through our investments we are encouraging healthy, active lifestyles and helping bring people in these areas closer together.”
The wellness centre is a part of the hub project, which includes a school, health centre and a 60-bed long-term care facility.
The province has applied to federal infrastructure programs to help offset the cost of this project, and support will be required before it can proceed.
Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and MLA for Sydney-Whitney Pier, on behalf of Transportation and Active Transit Minister Lloyd HinesProjects like this are a group effort, and we are committed to working with our partners to get this to the finish line. Our conversations with other levels of government and the community will continue so that we secure the maximum funding available to create jobs and support the health of our economy for all Nova Scotians.
Lowell Cormier, past chair, New Waterford Wellness SocietyThe new community and wellness space is the final piece of the project that makes this a true community hub. The government and planning team is listening to the unique needs of our community. This is a game-changing announcement which gives our community everything to meet the needs of future generations.
- the New Waterford Community Hub is part of the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment project, which is the single biggest health-care investment in the island’s history
- the New Waterford Community Hub project will replace the New Waterford Consolidated Hospital, which opened in 1963, and Breton Education Centre
- the community hub model will create hands-on learning opportunities and new programming for students in health-care related fields
- in October 2020, government awarded the construction management services contract for the project to PCL Constructors Canada Inc.