Canadian Gov’t, Inclusions East announce $3.5M investment for facility accessibility upgrades

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Canada’s Government has announced a joint investment of over $3.5 million in partnership with Inclusions East Inc., a non-profit organization, to upgrade accessibility features in the organization’s facilities located in Montague and Three Rivers.

The announcement was made by the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Ernie Hudson, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Nancy Anderson, Executive Director of Inclusions East Inc.

The investment will be used to replace the current training centre of Inclusions East by combining two existing buildings with a newly constructed portion. The replacement centre will provide improved amenities, including a multi-sensory environment, accessible washrooms, a meeting space, and rooms dedicated to activities, music, and crafts.

Furthermore, the funding will facilitate necessary renovations to the recently acquired Inclusions East building in Three Rivers, thereby expanding operations for local youth and enhancing the delivery of business skills training programs.

The investment will not only improve the safety and accessibility of the facilities but will also extend Inclusions East’s reach to more individuals with disabilities.

The Government of Canada’s funding of $1,461,132 for these projects is part of Infrastructure Canada’s Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), and Business Development Program (BDP). The Government of Prince Edward Island and Inclusions East Inc. are investing $983,502 and $1,076,662 respectively.

The contribution underlines the Government’s commitment to grow the nation’s economy, build resilient communities, and improve Canadians’ lives through infrastructure investments.

“This allows us to open our doors for additional opportunities to those we serve and to our Community,” said Nancy Anderson, Executive Director of Inclusions East Inc., expressing gratitude for the investment and partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of Prince Edward Island.