In May 2020, the Province announced an investment of up to $230M to improve infrastructure and help get the economy moving again. The funding will support more than 200 shovel ready projects, creating up to 2000 jobs. Read more here.
A number of these stimulus projects, through an investment of approximately $38M, will be led by Develop Nova Scotia with a focus on key waterfront infrastructure and places supporting thriving communities authentic tourism destinations and working waterfronts.
This is an investment in people and place, showcasing the importance of sector growth, supporting multiple business sectors, and strengthening communities.
In our work to support community and to attract people to Nova Scotia, it isn’t just about what we build, but how. These projects build on substantial planning with community to date and they will create a platform for community to co-create new places for people to gather and for business to flourish.
We can be progressive with practical projects that communities will benefit from and will support the recovery and growth of our economy. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our partners and community members to maintain momentum as we look ahead.
Here is an update on one of the projects that will take place.
Foundation Wharves & Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk
With our partners, we are working to improve coastal infrastructure and public space at the Maersk Wharves and surrounding area on the Halifax waterfront. These include the Pilot, Svitzer, and Old Salvage Wharves and the adjacent boardwalk area. This initiative is intended to utilize the waterside areas, while maximizing the existing resources located nearby and potentially building new infrastructure and facilities.
As part of this project, three end of life wharves will be removed and replaced with two new wharves while the Pilot’s Wharf will be repaired to extend its use. New floating docks will be built to support our growing marina visitation program.
This will be complemented by an expanded boardwalk area for more useable wharfage and additional public space for people to enjoy at the water’s edge. In addition the space provides potential future opportunities for small business growth. All new infrastructure is expected to be designed and constructed to enhance accessibility and adapt to climate change projections.
Read about the COVE project
Read about the Zwicker Warehouse project on the Lunenburg waterfront