Canada and Prince Edward Island fund upgrades and expansion of facility for adults with intellectual disabilities in Summerside

Summerside: The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island continue to invest in local infrastructure during this unprecedented time to meet the needs of communities across the province, enhance quality of life, and support economic recovery from COVID-19.

Today, Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island, and John Smallwood, Executive Director of Community Connections Inc., announced funding to upgrade and expand Community Connections, a facility to provide support services to adults with intellectual disabilities in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

The project consists of implementing significant accessibility and safety upgrades in addition to expanding the interior of the building. The improvements include repurposing several rooms for more space, adding windows, and installing doorways, accessible washrooms, and air conditioning. Exterior work will see the construction of a new driveway to increase the client safety and improve accessible wheelchair transportation, as well as expand the parking lot.

These improvements will enable Community Connections to serve more clients. The project will help parents and families of persons with disabilities rest assured that their adult children with disabilities are receiving safe and appropriate support services.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $514,000 through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program. The Government of Prince Edward Island is contributing more than $428,000 towards total eligible costs for this project.