Royal Canadian Legions play an important part in preserving and celebrating the history of our nation. They also undertake many projects which support local communities and community events.
Legions have been a gathering spot for anniversaries, dinner, Remembrance Day services and fundraisers. Members of the Legion contribute considerable time and energy and play a crucial role in supporting seniors and youth across the province.
On behalf of Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey and the Government of Nova Scotia, I was happy to announce funding for improvements to 18 Royal Canadian Legion Branches across the province.
Government is investing more than $108 000 under the Legion Capital Assistance Program. This program provides assistance for improvements such as upgrade heating systems and washrooms, roof repairs, siding and window and door replacements. The program provides up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum contribution of $10 000.
Two Legions in Colchester North were recipients. Branch No. 106 in Debert received a grant of $9 965 to upgrade their heating system and Branch No. 64 in Tatamagouche received a grant of $4 100 to assist with roof repairs.
“I commend the government of Nova Scotia for its continued support of Legion branches throughout Nova Scotia through the Legion Capital Assistance Program,” said Steve Wessel, president of Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command of The Royal Canadian Legion. “This cost-sharing program for capital improvements to Legion branch buildings greatly assists the Royal Canadian Legion in its delivery of programming and services to veterans, their families, youth and seniors.”
As the MLA for Colchester North, I want to congratulate members of the Legions who have put together successful applications for financial assistance and thank them for their ongoing support in our communities. I am proud of the leadership shown by Legion members, supporters and volunteers in their efforts to keep the Legions open. It is a challenge to keep these facilities in good repair and I am pleased that our Liberal Government is able to support their efforts through this Capital funding.
Karen Casey, MLA