SAINT-LUDGER-DE-MILOT, QC, July 17, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic communities and preserving Canada's diverse heritage.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Luc Fortin, Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, announce today that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest nearly $149,000 to refurbish the Saint-Ludger-de-Milot library, in the Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean region.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality will also invest nearly $149,000, bringing the total government and municipal investment to nearly $447,000.
The project consists of refurbishing and improving the municipal library. The work involves installing a new, accessible entrance, a computer room, entertainment spaces, a new circulation desk, and a book storage room. Renovation, insulation and finishing work is also planned. Once completed, the project will meet the needs of the community and foster its cultural growth.
"With a renovated space, the Saint-Ludger-de-Milot municipal library will be able to improve the quality and quantity of services provided to users and, in doing so, fulfill its educational and social roles in serving residents. The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure support community development and help create good jobs that strengthen the middle class."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Libraries are places of learning and culture that foster the development of our communities. Our Government is pleased to offer our citizens sites that are suitable for learning and development. The Saint-Ludger-de-Milot library refurbishment project aims to improve the quantity and quality of services provided to users and therefore better meet their needs."
Luc Fortin, Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language
- The Small Communities Fund is a joint federal‒provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is administered by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to develop infrastructure that can enhance their cultural, sports, recreational, and tourism assets or safeguard public assets.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- The Government of Canada's 2017 Budget allocates $21.9 billion to support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- The 2017–2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan calls for $7 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means $15 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over the next 10 years.
The Government of Canada's $180 billion+ infrastructure plan (Budget 2017): http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html
Federal investment in Quebec infrastructure projects:
New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund:
2017–2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149; Karl Filion, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French language, 418-380-2310; For information: Infrastructure Canada, 613 960-9251, Toll free: 1 877 250-7154, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @INFC_eng, Website: Infrastructure Canada; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy, and Public Security, 418 646-6777, ext. 3746