Building Canada - Government of Canada supports Quartier des spectacles in Montreal



    MONTREAL, Nov. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada, through its
brand new Building Canada infrastructure plan, will consider the Quartier des
spectacles cultural precinct as a funding priority. This financing could cover
as much as one third of eligible costs, for a federal contribution of a
maximum of $40 million for the cultural precinct of the Quartier des
spectacles. The Government of Québec and the City of Montréal have also
confirmed a financial commitment for this project, both for an amount of
$40 million each. The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
the Status of Women and Official Languages, and the Honourable Michael M
Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, made this
announcement today, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
    The Quartier des spectacles is centered on the intersection of
Sainte-Catherine Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard, covering almost a square
kilometre bound by City Councillors Street, Berri Street, Sherbrooke Street,
and René-Lévesque Boulevard. This area is home to 30 performance halls
totalling almost 28,000 seats, numerous international festivals, art galleries
and centres for the exhibition and broadcast of alternative culture. The
Quartier des spectacles supports more than 7,000 jobs linked to cultural
activities, from education through to public outreach, including production,
exhibition, and broadcasting.
    "Promoting the cultural development of our cities is important for the
Government of Canada," said Minister Verner. "This is a priority of our
Building Canada infrastructure plan, which is ensuring access to quality
infrastructure. Our government's support for Montreal's Quartier des
spectacles is a concrete demonstration of the value we place on cultural
development in all its forms, ensuring the enrichment of citizens' lives."
    "The Building Canada infrastructure plan is advancing quality
infrastructure," said Minister Fortier. "Through Building Canada, our
government acknowledges the importance of preserving, developing and improving
access to culture."
    Financial support for the project, for a maximum of $40 million, is
conditional on the signing of a framework agreement with the Province of
Québec under the Building Canada infrastructure plan. Funding is also
conditional upon the completion of a due diligence review of the project, the
successful completion of environmental assessments required under the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Act, the signing of a contribution agreement
outlining the project details and the parameters for federal financing, and on
compliance with the obligations set out in the framework agreement.
    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government provides long-term, stable and predictable funding to
help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada supports a
stronger, safer and better country.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of
Minister Cannon, (613) 991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148; For
more information on Building Canada, go to:
www.buildingcanada-chantierscanada.gc.ca


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