HALIFAX, NS- Today Premier Stephen McNeil and Member of Parliament for Halifax Andy Fillmore helped the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth unveil the cornerstone of its new John W. Lindsay YMCA facility on the corner of South Park and Sackville Streets.

The project is possible due in part to $10 million in joint federal-provincial funding from the Government of Canada’s New Building Canada Fund and the Province of Nova Scotia.

“As a city planner, I know that investments in social and recreational infrastructure projects, like the new John W. Lindsay YMCA, ensure the long-term health and prosperity of our Canadian communities. The Government of Canada is proud to be contributing to the development of this beautiful facility, while encouraging healthy lifestyles, and fostering economic growth with the creation of well-paid middle class jobs.”

Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

“We want to work with Nova Scotians to build safe and connected communities. By investing in major infrastructure projects, we can continue to have vibrant communities where Nova Scotians can raise healthy families. Our government sees recreation facilities like the new and improved YMCA as a way to promote healthy living.”

A Community Campaign, launched last month, aims to raise the final $500,000 needed to reach the $9,000,000 goal to open the doors of the new John W. Lindsay YMCA in early 2019.

“Childhood obesity, social isolation, poor health and lifestyle choices, the retention of our immigrants and youth —these are all challenges that our communities, our families, and our governments are striving to overcome,” explains Peter Doig, Chair of the YMCA Board of Directors, “The new John W. Lindsay YMCA facility is our response to these challenges. We recognize that healthy and vibrant communities start with healthy and vibrant people.”

For more information on the campaign, the project, or to donate, people can visit www.originalsocialnetwork.ca