Province Invests in First Mi’kmaw Transit Service, Other Transportation Projects

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Province Invests in First Mi’kmaw Transit Service, Other Transportation Projects
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NOTE: A complete list of grant recipients is below
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Government is committed to supporting transportation options for Nova Scotians. The province is investing $707,674 to help 11 organizations purchase accessible vehicles to make health care, food, employment and education easier for people to access.

Two grants, totaling $117,685, support the launch of the Eskasoni Transit Service – the first transit service operated by a Mi’kmaw community in Nova Scotia. The funding helps with the purchase of two vehicles: a nine-passenger van offering door-to-door service in the community and a 20-passenger bus providing fixed-route service between Eskasoni and Sydney.

“Public transportation allows people to more fully participate in their communities and better access work, schools, shopping and important services,” said Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Suzanne Lohnes-Croft. “I want to thank Eskasoni First Nation and all our recipients for making their communities more accessible and their residents more independent.”

The investment comes from the Accessible Transportation Assistance Program, designed to help organizations buy or modify accessible buses or vans.

Quotes:
“Eskasoni First Nation is excited to build a transit service that will help our community members and residents, as transportation has always been a major barrier to our people. The van and bus will benefit our community and increase mobility for people to work and play in more of Unama’ki.”
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ – Chief Leroy Denny, Eskasoni First Nation

Quick Facts:
— Eskasoni First Nation includes more than 4,500 residents and spans over 100 hectares of land
— Accessible Transportation Assistance Program funding covers up to 75 per cent of a vehicle purchase, up to $75,000
— priority is given to new rural transportation services whose mandate includes providing accessible door-to-door transportation, and organizations receiving Community Transportation Assistance Program funding
— the province will invest over $2.5 million through community and accessible transportation assistance programs in 2020/21

Additional Resources:
The Accessible Transportation Assistance Program supports government’s efforts to achieve an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. Learn more: https://novascotia.ca/accessibility/access-by-design/

The Community Transportation Assistance Program, a companion program, provides operating grants for accessible transit services. Learn more: https://beta.novascotia.ca/apply-funding-operating-costs-community-based-transportation-service-community-transportation-assistance-program

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2020 fund recipients:
— Antigonish Community Transit Society, eight-passenger van, $57,000
— Cape Breton Regional Municipality, 16-passenger bus, $50,000
— Central Highlands Association of the Disabled, Pictou, 18-passenger bus, $75,000
— Colchester Transportation Cooperative Ltd., 18-passenger bus, $75,000
— Cumberland County Transportation Society, five-passenger van, $39,890
— Eskasoni Transit Service, nine-passenger van, $67,685
— Eskasoni Transit Service, 20-passenger bus, $50,000
— Kings Point to Point Transit Society, eight-passenger van, $37,375
— La Cooperative de Transport de Cheticamp, five-passenger van, $17,353
— Queens County Transit Society, eight-passenger van, $60,619
— Queens County Transit Society, eight-passenger van, $60,522
— Strait Area Transit, eight-passenger van, $55,385
— Trans County Transportation Society, Annapolis and Kings counties, seven-passenger van, $61,845

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