News release

Funding for New, Existing Community Facilities, Programs in Pictou County

Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage
community grants

Communities in Pictou County will benefit from a new recreational park, upgrades to facilities, program expansions and trail enhancements with provincial grants announced today, July 9.

“Developing and updating infrastructure boosts economic productivity, ensures equitable access to services and addresses the changing needs of society,” said Pat Dunn, MLA for Pictou Centre, on behalf of Allan MacMaster, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. “This is not only an investment, but a commitment to our province’s growth and prosperity.”

The Town of Trenton received funding to enhance a multi-sport court, construct a new concrete all-wheels park and install an accessible washroom and canteen at the Trenton ball field.

The Town of New Glasgow received funding for its trail lighting project, which will see LED lights installed along the Pioneer Trail and the Johnny Miles Memorial Trail to improve accessibility, safety and usability.

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library received funding to expand the Virtual Care @ Your Library program, which provides the technology and space for patients to have virtual consultations with doctors, and a navigator who helps clients use the system and works to raise awareness. The expansion means people in more areas can access the program.

The North End Recreation Centre in New Glasgow, a space for people of all ages and abilities to stay active year-round, received funding to repair the outdoor rink, replace a fence and purchase new tennis nets, basketball rims and benches.

These community grants are part of a series of announcements taking place across the province.


“The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library is pleased to be a partner with the Province of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Health and the Aberdeen Health Foundation in providing help to those in need of primary care. Virtual care is a terrific option for many people, but the technology can be a huge barrier. Our virtual health navigator, working from a local library, assists people overcome that barrier, ensuring they receive quick and quality care.”
Eric Stackhouse, Chief Librarian, Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library

Quick Facts:

  • grant recipients and funding amounts:
    • Town of Trenton – $650,000
    • Town of New Glasgow – $375,000
    • Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library – $100,000
    • North End Recreation Centre – over $29,000
  • the Province’s accessibility strategy, Access by Design 2030, outlines how the government will achieve its goal of an accessible province by providing people with disabilities equitable access to programs, services, information and infrastructure

Additional Resources:

Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage grants and programs:

Online grant finder tool:

Access by Design 2030: