Government of Canada awards nearly $40,000 in financial assistance to refurbish the fire tower and develop a visitor centre
BLUE SEA, QC, Sept. 30, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
Blue Sea and Vallée-de-la-Gatineau families will enjoy safer facilities in Mont Morissette regional park thanks to $39,500 in financial assistance granted by the Government of Canada.
The investment was announced today by William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED.
The funding made it possible to renovate the fire tower, which was built in 1931, by changing the landings, the stairs and the structure at the top of the tower. A new building was erected at the base of the tower and will be used as a visitor centre. The promoters also took the opportunity to do some landscaping and improve the access trails.
These additions to the facilities of Mont Morissette regional park have made the infrastructure more accessible, safer and more appealing, not only for families in the Municipality of Blue Sea, but also for those in the entire region.
The investment was granted through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150), a $300 million fund that was established to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary through investments in community spaces that bring Canadians together.
"This investment is part of a community construction project celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary. There is no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. That is how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces."
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED
"The financial support we are providing for our communities clearly reflects our commitment to foster sustainable growth and prosperity in Canada. I welcome this investment which, like the Véloroute des Draveurs, will help revitalize Vallée-de-la-Gatineau tourism infrastructure."
William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac
"Renovations to the park's old fire tower were successfully completed. The total value of the project was around $100,000, and it was made possible by a $39,500 contribution from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, for which we are very grateful."
Morris Richardson, President, Association du parc régional du Mont Morissette
- Since its creation in 2015, CIP150 has invested nearly $61M in more than 470 projects contributing to the vitality of Quebec's communities.
- CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
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