SAINT-CONSTANT, QC, May 8, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of having good recreational infrastructure that encourages healthy lifestyles and makes communities vibrant, inclusive places to live. Thanks to joint government funding, the Municipality of Saint-Constant will be able to construct a new aquatic centre, enhancing residents' quality of life while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.
Jean-Claude Poissant, Member of Parliament for La Prairie, and Nicole Ménard, Member of the National Assembly for Laporte and Chair of the Government Caucus, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest close to $4.2 million for the construction of an aquatic centre. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–Small Communities Fund. The city will also provide close to $4.2 million, bringing the total government and municipal investment to more than $12.5 million.
The new aquatic centre will feature a pool with six to eight swimming lanes, diving boards, a wading pool with water slides, a hot tub and a multipurpose room.
"Sports infrastructure helps keep our communities healthy. In addition to helping residents maintain a healthy lifestyle, the future sports facilities will bring people together and contribute to the development of Saint-Constant for generations to come."
Jean-Claude Poissant, Member of Parliament for La Prairie, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting construction projects such as this, we are demonstrating our desire to make safe and accessible facilities available to local residents and help municipalities ensure the quality of their infrastructure over the long term. This project in Saint-Constant will provide new opportunities for residents of the Montérégie Region to take part in regular sports activities, encouraging active lifestyles."
Nicole Ménard, Member of the National Assembly for Laporte and Chair of the Government Caucus, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Region of Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
"With this new aquatic centre, we will be able to offer our citizens a place to engage in aquatic activities that meets their particular needs. This project is directly linked to the Healthy Living Policy we adopted in 2016. This is yet another great achievement and we are very pleased with this announcement."
Jean-Claude Boyer, Mayor of Saint-Constant
- 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.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
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:
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149; 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; Hélène Houle, Political Attaché, MNA for Laporte, 450 672-1885; For information: Infrastructure Canada, 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: email@example.com, Twitter: @INFC_eng, Website: Infrastructure Canada; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy, and Public Security, 418‑646-6777, ext 3746