Sports centre to be expanded and renovated thanks to funding from the governments of Canada and Quebec

TÉMISCOUATA-SUR-LE-LAC, QC, May 5, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - 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 Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac will benefit from a renovated sports facility that will enhance residents' quality of life while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Jean D'Amour, Minister responsible for Maritime Affairs and Minister responsible for the Region of Bas-Saint-Laurent, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest close to $4.8 million for the renovation of the Jacques-Dubé sports facility. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–Small Communities Fund. The municipality will also provide close to $4.8 million, bringing the total government and municipal investment to more than $14.3 million.

The project consists of expanding and renovating the existing sports centre. More specifically, work involves replacing the refrigeration system, adding a community hall that can accommodate the population and renovating parts of the arena, including the exterior, insulation, change rooms, and service areas.

Quotes

"Recreational infrastructure helps build inclusive communities where families can have fun and get together. Our government is proud to be making investments, like this one in Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, that offer residents new opportunities to engage in a variety of sports year-round, while fostering economic growth and the creation of well-paid middle class jobs. "

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"By supporting renovation and expansion 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 Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac will provide new opportunities for residents of the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region to take part in regular sports activities, encouraging active lifestyles."

Jean D'Amour, Minister responsible for Maritime Affairs and Minister responsible for the Region of Bas-Saint-Laurent, 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

"The much-anticipated renovation of our regional arena, Jacques-Dubé, as well as the rebuilding of the Phil-Latulippe Sports Centre, will allow the entire population of the Témiscouata region to benefit from excellent sports and recreational opportunities, as well as community events, all in partnership with the educational and socio-economic sectors. From now on, let's focus our efforts on creating two eco-responsible, innovative, economical and energy-efficient buildings that prioritize the essence of wood. Rather than reconstructing the past, we are building our future."

Gilles Garon, Mayor of Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac

Quick facts

  • 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.

Related links

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:
http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures/programmes-daide-financiere/nouveau-fonds-chantiers-canada-quebec-volet-fonds-des-petites-collectivites-fpc/

Twitter: @INFC_eng
Website: Infrastructure Canada

 

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; Marc Lapointe, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister responsible for Maritime Affairs and Minister responsible for the Region of Bas-Saint-Laurent, 418 691-5650; For information: Infrastructure Canada, 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: media@infc.gc.ca; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy, and Public Security, 418‑646-6777, ext 3746

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