Communities in Nova Scotia are receiving new federal funding to help revitalize their downtown infrastructure and to boost recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Town of Wolfville and the Windsor Township Business Association are making strategic investments to strengthen their rural communities in Kings and Hants counties. The neighbouring Annapolis Valley communities are also enhancing their downtown streetscapes.

Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants, on behalf of Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced non-repayable contributions totaling $620,115 for Wolfville and Windsor.

The Town of Wolfville is building a welcome centre with improved accessibility, increased visitor parking, an outdoor performance space, and is connecting the Harvest Moon Trailway to Main Street. The Windsor Township Business Association is installing wayfinding signage and street lighting to enhance its streetscape.

“The towns of the Annapolis Valley are renowned for their picturesque nature and vibrancy that attract many visitors every year,” said Blois.The Town of Wolfville and the Windsor Township Business Association are leading the way by strengthening their communities for both visitors and residents by improving main street infrastructure and encouraging more active transportation.”

The Town of Wolfville is receiving a $575,000 contribution to support new street lighting and the addition of a bus/RV drop-off space.

The Windsor Township Business Association is receiving a $45,115 contribution for new signage to improve access to trails and parks, as well as additional picnic tables, benches and greenery to make the downtown area more inviting for increased foot traffic.

The Windsor Township Business Association also received a $5,000 contribution from the Municipality of West Hants.

The federal funding is provided through Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund.

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