Funding Announcement

Funding Announcement

News release

Renovations to the Pictou County Wellness Centre will enable it to host the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling

May 21, 2019 – Westville Road, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Investing in rural community infrastructure to better position communities to host sporting and cultural events enhances the quality of life for residents and contributes to economic success. That’s why the Government of Canada is helping the Pictou County Wellness Centre undertake renovations to become a venue for premier events, including the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge in November of this year.

The renovations will enable the Centre to attract larger national or international events, such as the Curling Tour, which will provide a big economic boost to the area. The Centre boasts quality sports and recreation facilities, provides afterschool programs, a daycare, and is used as a community centre, a meeting space for residents and a venue for conferences, concerts and graduations.

Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, was onsite today to announce federal support for this project. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

The Government of Canada is making smart investments that will create good, middle class jobs in our country. It is helping small and medium-sized businesses to start-up, expand or modernize and supporting not-for-profit organizations to fuel business growth. Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is working to achieve its Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region. 


“Sports tourism is an important economic driver in Canada. The Government of Canada is proud to continue supporting facilities such as the Pictou County Wellness Centre, which play a vital role in a rural community’s ability to host major sports and entertainment events that bring jobs and investment.”

-       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

"Sports tourism represents an incredible growth opportunity for our local economy. This investment will better position the Wellness Centre as key venue to host much larger events that draw people to our region, help extend the tourism season for businesses and create jobs here at home.”

-     Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Central Nova 

“The Pictou County Wellness Centre is the recreational centrepiece of the County. The funding received today from the federal government and the enhancements that it will provide will ensure that it continues to be a place that our residents, as well as visitors from all over can enjoy.”

-       Shannon McInnis, Mayor, Town of Trenton and Chair, Pictou County Wellness Centre Building Authority

“The Pictou County Wellness Centre is proud to be hosting the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling this November. This event, and the funding provided by the federal government will position the facility and the entire region as the destination of choice for future large scale national and international events.”

-       David Hood, Chief Operating Officer, Pictou County Wellness Centre

Quick facts

  • The Wellness Centre is operated by a non-profit organization and is overseen by the five municipalities that it serves: the towns of New Glasgow, Stellarton, Pictou, Trenton and the County of Pictou.

  • The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge will bring 60 teams to the Pictou area. Anyone on the World Curling Circuit is eligible to participate in the event.

  • Some of the major renovations that will undertaken to improve visitors experience and the building’s ability to have a legacy of hosting premier events include an ice surface cover, new audiovisual equipment, seat coverings and increased storage.

  • The Government of Canada invested $201,000 in this project through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF). The ICF focuses on investments that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building in Atlantic Canadian communities.

  • Eligible recipients for the ICF include non-commercial/not-for-profit organizations such as local development associations, municipalities and their agencies, business or technology institutes, industry/sector associations, economic development associations, local cooperatives, universities and educational institutions. 

  • The ICF continues to build on the objectives of the Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.


Chris Brooks
Director, Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell)

Jennie Greencorn
Customer Engagement and Events Manager
Pictou County Wellness Centre
902-755-8870 ext 322 / 902-921-1887 (cell)


Mar 16: Immediate Release - All services within the Wellness Centre and the YMCA of Pictou County have been suspended Indefinitely due to COVID-19