Canadian government invests $352,000 to make upgrades to Rath Eastlink Community Centre

The Government of Canada has announced it is investing $352,000 in the Town of Truro to help make upgrades to the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC). 

The government says this project will include upgrades to the dehumidification system at the RECC to ensure optimal ice conditions and air quality are maintained within the building, which it says will help the facility host major events like the 2017 World Junior A Hockey Challenge. 

The government also says the funding is allocated for costs associated with hosting and marketing a sporting event. 

Truro CAO Mike Dolter said in January that excessive moisture in the arena during days of higher temperature and humidity creates fog over the ice and condensation on safety panes, which has led to the cancellation of some events. 

He also said there was evidence of premature deterioration of systems throughout the building.

The funding is being provided through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's Innovative Communities Fund and the Municipality of the County of Colchester is also providing $166,440 toward this project. 

Since 2013, the RECC has successfully hosted over 30 sporting events, consumer shows and concerts with over 50,000 people in attendance.