Over the border in Woodstock, New Brunswick; the Canadian government is investing big bucks to improve the town’s infrastructure. Today community members gathered outside the L.P. Fisher Library for a special announcement: the almost 100 year old library is receiving $80,000 from the Government of Canada under the Community Infrastructure Fund.
The Mayor of Woodstock Arthur Slipp says, “This is an exceptionally important project because with the civic renewal that we’re doing here this is one of 3 buildings that’s being renovated and the key thing for us is for the first time we’ll have elevators and full wheelchair accessibility and handicapped access for all the citizens of the Greater Woodstock region.”
The funds will be used for renovations that will include both the interior and exterior of the building, as well as an extension to the back of the library Improvements to the LP Fisher Library include upgrades to the heating, electrical, and plumbing systems. The library facility has an important presence in Woodstock.
Mike Allen; Member of Parliament, Tobique-Mactaquac says, “It’s a hub facility right here in downtown Woodstock, where a lot of people come and take advantage of the library making sure that we have a good safe facility that will continue for many years to come is very important to the town.”
This small project is part of a larger nation-wide effort across Canada, to modernize the country’s public infrastructure. The Government of Canada has committed $150 million over a two-year period to the Community Infrastructure Improvement fund to support improvements to existing community facilities, like the LP Fisher library.
The Mayor of Woodstock Arthur Slipp says, “I think what we’re going to see here at the library is increased use, in the evenings, but also much better technology much improved research facility for genealogists this is a genealogy center here in Western New Brunswick.”
The LP Fisher Library is apparently just a start: there are also plans underway to improve both the Civic Center and the High School theatre in Woodstock as well.
The Town of Woodstock has also invested over $160,000 for the library improvements with the help of community partnerships with the Woodstock Rotary Club. Several infrastructure improvement projects like this one will take place across Canada; as the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has contributed $16.6 million in Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund investments across Atlantic Canada.