Bonavista-Burin-Trinity MP Judy Foote, representing Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), made the announcement during celebrations for St. Lawrence Day.
The largest portion of the funds – $413,019 – will help the town renovate the St. Lawrence Laurentian Community Centre, including structural repairs to restore the facility as a sports and events complex for the community.
Audio-visual equipment will also be installed to meet the needs of businesses and community groups.
Additionally, the Town of St. Lawrence will use a contribution of $171,466 to expand and enhance the Miner’s Memorial Museum to better accommodate artifacts related to the Truxtun and Pollux naval disaster and the rich mining history of the region.
The project also involves a new food preparation area to offer a miner’s lunch as well as additional jewellery making equipment to meet the growing demand for experiential tourism at the museum. An electronic application to provide self-guided tours of the many local heritage sites, parks and trails will be developed as part of the initiative.
Funding for both projects comes through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund.
“The tourism industry is important to our community, and the entire region, and we look forward to being able to offer improved tourism products that will enable visitors to better understand and appreciate our culture and history,” Mayor Paul Pike said in a news release.
St. Lawrence will also receive $100,133 for Phase 4 of water and sewer system upgrades from the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund.