Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Construction has started on the new Tremploy Skills Development Centre to provide vocational training and support services for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Last week on July 5, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable James Aylward, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Honourable Brad Trivers, Minister of Social Development and Housing and Infrastructure, and Les Parsons, Chair of the Tremploy Board, participated in a sod-turning ceremony. The sod-turning event is the official launch of Tremploy’s $1 million capital campaign to support the construction of the new $9.5 million training centre.

“This is an exciting time for Tremploy. Construction of a new facility is long overdue. Our new centre will better meet the needs of clients and their families, allowing us to expand our social enterprise and support more individuals on the waiting list for our services,” said Les Parsons, Chairperson of the Tremploy Board of Directors. “We are launching a capital campaign with a goal to raise $1 million to support the construction of the Tremploy Skills Development Centre. This is our first fundraising campaign in over 50 years, and we are hopeful that individuals, families, businesses and groups will be generous in their support of Tremploy and our clients.”

This project will benefit the community by providing a modern, safe, accessible and energy-efficient facility where Tremploy can continue to offer meaningful work opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. Their lives will be enriched through a variety of services including day programs, work experience, skill development, one-to-one support, employment assistance services and special events. Located on Regis Duffy Drive in the Bio Commons, clients will have access to green space, including an extensive and accessible trail system.

To initiate the capital campaign, the Province of Prince Edward Island through the Department of Social Development and Housing is investing $250,000.
Tremploy is grateful for the support from federal and provincial partners. The Government of Canada is investing more than $2.4 million 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 $2 million towards total eligible costs for this project, and Tremploy Inc. is providing the balance of the funding.

Those interested in supporting the capital campaign can visit or call 902-892-5338. Support can be in the form of pledges over five years, monthly contributions or one-time-only donations. One hundred percent of all donations will go directly to the new centre and charitable tax receipts will be provided.