The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia announced funding for the construction of a new facility for The Flower Cart Group.

“Our new facility will allow for growth in every sense, most importantly increasing our capacity to support adults with intellectual disabilities in Kings County,” said Jeff Kelly, executive director of The Flower Cart Group. “This funding is a testament to our federal and provincial governments’ commitment to making our community inclusive of all abilities and building opportunities for those who need them.”

The Flower Cart Group addresses the needs and promotes the abilities of adults considered to have an intellectual disability. The organization provides valued work and training opportunities through on-site business activities in order to assist each participant to achieve job performance skills. This funding will allow for the construction of a new facility to consolidate the operations of The Flower Cart Group, helping to reduce operating costs and provide a safer and more efficient working environment. These improvements will increase the quality of community infrastructure and offer more part-time employment opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

The Government of Canada is investing over $1.1 million dollars in this project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. In addition, the Government of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada Opportunities are each investing $1 million dollars, while The Flower Cart Group is providing the remainder of the funding.

“I’m proud that the Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect the health and safety of Canadians by investing in safe and reliable infrastructure to build cleaner, more inclusive communities,” added Kody Blois, MP for Kings-Hants.

“We are committed to building a stronger province where all Nova Scotians can have opportunities to grow and succeed,” said Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin. “This is an important investment for New Minas as it supports adults with diverse abilities, providing employment training and opportunities that will, hopefully, enhance their lives.”

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