SAINT-GERMAIN-DE-GRANTHAM, QC, April 20, 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, three sports facilities in the municipalities of Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, Saint-Norbert-d'Arthabaska and Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey will be renovated, enhancing residents' quality of life while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.
Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Minister Responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region, on behalf of the Honourable Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Region of Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest almost $1.3 million for upgrades to three sports infrastructure projects. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–Small Communities Fund.
The project in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham involves constructing a new community centre and replacing the roof over the existing skating rink. Among other features, the community centre will have a common room, reception area, kitchen and lockers. The skating rink roof will be recovered in bitumen and a new parking lot will also be built as part of the project.
In Saint-Norbert-d'Arthabaska, the project consists of demolishing a barn formerly used as a change room for local ice rink users and replacing it with new locker room facilities. A new rest stop will also be built for the many cyclists in the area.
The project in the municipality of Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey will see the old rectory converted into a community centre featuring a common room on the ground floor and multi-purpose rooms upstairs, along with washrooms, storage spaces and a kitchenette.
"Recreational infrastructure helps build inclusive communities where families can have fun and get together. Our government is proud to be making investments, like the ones we're announcing today for Saint-Germain-de-Grantham, Saint-Norbert-d'Arthabaska and Saint-Félix-de-Kingsey, 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. "
Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting construction, renovation and rehabilitation projects such as these, 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. By providing new opportunities for Centre-du-Québec Region residents to take part in regular sports activities, the projects will help encourage active lifestyles."
Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region
- 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:
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: Marie B. Deschamps, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Iles de la Madeleine region, 613‑960-0664; Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149; Mathieu Gaudreault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region, 418 643-6980; 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