SAINT-MAURICE, QC, July 7, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of having good recreational infrastructure that encourages the adoption healthy lifestyles and helps make communities vibrant inclusive places to live. Thanks to joint government funding, the Municipality of Saint-Maurice be home to a new sports facility that will enhance residents' quality of life while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain and Minister of International Trade, and Pierre Michel Auger, Member of the National Assembly for Champlain, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest more than $95,000 for the construction of a double tennis court with a fence and lighting in the Municipality of Saint-Maurice. The investment is being provided through the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality will also invest over $95,000, bringing the total government and municipal investment to more than $287,000.
Once completed, this new sports infrastructure will support the development of sports activities in Saint-Maurice and will help promote healthy lifestyles for future generations.
"Our government is proud to be making investments such as the construction of a tennis court in Saint-Maurice that provides residents with new opportunities to practice a variety of sports, while contributing to economic growth and the creation of well-paying jobs for the middle class. Recreational infrastructure helps make our communities places where families can have fun and where communities can get together."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain and Minister of International Trade, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Through support for construction projects such as this one, we are demonstrating our commitment to make safe and accessible facilities available to local residents and to help municipalities ensure the quality of their infrastructure over the long term. This project in Saint-Maurice will make it possible for residents across the Mauricie region to get involved sports and physical activities on a regular basis and encouraging them to adopt physically active lifestyles."
Pierre Michel Auger, Member of the National Assembly for Champlain, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region
"On behalf of my colleagues on the municipal council, our staff and Saint-Maurice residents, I am proud to announce the construction of a new tennis court in collaboration with our two governments. This addition to our recreational sport infrastructure will provide more opportunities to participate in physical activity, helping our population to meet government guidelines for adopting a healthy lifestyle. "
Gérard Bruneau, Mayor of Saint-Maurice
- 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.
- Budget 2017 proposes $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.
For more information about the government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
The New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund, 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: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613 301-0894; Marie B. Deschamps, Press Secretary, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Region of Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, 418 644-0664; Jocelyn Régis, Press Secretary, Office of the MNA for Champlain, 819 694-4600; For information: Infrastructure Canada, 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: 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