East Hants facilities receive funding support from province

John A. MacDonald, the MLA for Hants East at a previous announcement in Elmsdale. (Healey photo)

ELMSDALE/MAITLAND: Facilities across the Municipality of East Hants will be receiving upwards of more than $724,000 for the six projects.

Announced June 18 by Hants East MLA John A. MacDonald and the province, the projects receiving funding range from Elmsdale, Enfield, Noel, Kennetcook, and Maitland areas.

The Municipality of East Hants received funding for repairs to the East Hants Aquatic Centre pool, located in Elmsdale, which was damaged by flooding last year.

The municipality also received funding for additions to a playground in Enfield, including an accessible walkway and surface and an inclusive swing, which is designed to be accessible for people with physical disabilities.

The funding for those is approximately $583,000.


MacDonald said community participation is key to sustaining a vibrant province.

“The funding being provided is going towards the growth, accessibility and maintenance of well-established facilities that service the needs of residents,” he said.

Other community facilities will also be upgraded through provincial grants:

– St. George’s in Dutch Settlement (HRM). The money will be used to install an elevator- lift system so that the church hall will be accessible to every member of the community for church, as well as, community functions

– Maitland & District Volunteer Fire Department will install new flooring, windows, doors, a heat pump and a storage shed at the community hall

– the Enfield, Elmsdale & District Lions Club will build pickleball courts in Enfield

– the Rainbow Community Club in Kennetcook will have its roof replaced

– the Rising Tide New Horizons Group will replace windows and paint the kitchen at its facility in Noel.

These community grants are part of a series of announcements taking place across the province.


“With the Strategic Funding Initiative investment of $570,000 and the Community ACCESS-Ability grant of $12,943, East Hants is making improvements that will enhance our facilities and uphold our commitment to fostering a vibrant, accessible community for all.

“These investments support both the reopening of our aquatic centre and the installation of more inclusive playgrounds.” 
Eleanor Roulston, Warden, Municipality of East Hants

Quick Facts:

– grant recipients and funding amounts:

– Municipality of East Hants – about $583,000

– St. George’s Church – over $45,000

– Maitland & District Volunteer Fire Department – just over $35,000

– Enfield, Elmsdale & District Lions Club – $35,000

– Rainbow Community Club – over $22,000

– Rising Tide New Horizons Group – just over $4,000

– the Province’s accessibility strategy, Access by Design 2030, outlines how the government will achieve its goal of an accessible province by providing people with disabilities equitable access to programs, services, information and infrastructure