The Government of Canada is Investing in Significant Infrastructure Projects in Lac Simon

LAC SIMON, QC, Jan. 12, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to supporting community infrastructure development and to working together with First Nations in a spirit of reconciliation.

During a visit to Lac Simon, Quebec, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced an investment of $3.2 million in infrastructure projects under Budget 2016. Once completed, these projects will have a direct impact on the community's well-being and will improve the quality of life for Lac Simon's residents. One project, for example, provides funding for plans and specifications to expand the Amikobi elementary school, while another project consists of renovating the community centre to include a youth centre and fitness centre (see backgrounder for project details).

Quotes

"Our government is committed to partnering with First Nations to invest in communities, based on the priorities of First Nations. These investments will improve the quality of life in the community and will benefit the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. Gathering spaces are essential for communities to come together to heal and to provide hope. We are proud to support Lac Simon on this important initiative."

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

"As Chief, I am very pleased about the investments in my community and the impact these projects will have on our members. It is extremely important to create an environment where our youth can prosper and succeed. I am delighted that they will soon have access to a new school, a youth centre and a fitness centre."

Adrienne Jérôme
Chief of the Anishnabe Nation of Lac Simon

Quick Facts

  • Budget 2016 proposes historic investments of $4.6 billion over five years to support infrastructure projects in First Nation and Inuit communities.
  • The Anishnabe Nation of Lac Simon is located on the west side of Lac Simon, 32 kilometres south-east of Val-d'Or, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Quebec. It has 2,105 members, 1,706 of whom reside in the community.

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  • Backgrounder: Lac Simon Infrastructure Projects 2016–17

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Backgrounder

Date: January 12, 2017

Lac Simon Infrastructure Projects 2016–17

The Government of Canada announced an investment of $3.2 million in infrastructure projects in Lac Simon under Budget 2016. The projects, described below, will have a direct impact on the community's well-being and will improve the quality of life of its residents. This investment is a testament to the Government of Canada's commitment to supporting community infrastructure development and to working together with First Nations in a spirit of reconciliation.

 

 

Name of project

 

Total cost of project

Build 8 mini-homes

$520, 000

Replace lighting system in the elementary school

$129,734

Replace lighting system in the high school

$101,883

Upgrades to Étangs Road

$118,750

Upgrades to Wenecec Street

$370,500

Purchase equipment for the community room and kitchen

$123,785

Purchase recreational equipment for three community parks

$190,000

Purchase and install safety equipment for the playground

$27,000

Renovate the community centre to include a youth centre and fitness centre

$240,000

Build a water supply line

$1,100,000

Plans and specifications for expansion of the Amikobi elementary school

$323,136

Total: $3,244,788

 

SOURCE Government of Canada

For further information: The media may contact: Sabrina Williams, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, 613-697-8316; INAC Media Relations, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-953-1160


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