SAINT-PROSPER, QC, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of having good recreational infrastructure that encourages people to adopt healthy lifestyles, and contributes to making communities vibrant and inclusive places to live. Thanks to joint government funding, the Municipalities of Saint-Prosper and Saint-Honoré-de-Shenley will each benefit from a new sports facility, which will enhance residents' quality while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.
Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Paul Busque, Member of the National Assembly for Beauce-Sud, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest more than $3.4 million for the construction of a multi-purpose facility in Saint-Prosper. The municipality will also invest more than $3.4 million to bring the total government and municipal investment to nearly $10.4 million. The facility will have an arena with spectator bleachers and change rooms for players, as well as a kitchen, dining area and community hall.
The federal and provincial governments will also each invest close to $665,000 for the construction of a multi-purpose facility in Saint-Honoré-de-Shenley. The municipality will invest close to $665,000 in the project, bringing the total government and municipal investment to more than $1.9 million. The facility will feature a gymnasium, changing rooms and administrative offices.
Funding for these two projects comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component.
"Recreational infrastructure helps build inclusive communities where families can have fun and get together. Recreational infrastructure helps keep our communities healthy. Our government is proud to be making investments like these in Saint-Prosper and Saint-Honoré-de-Shenley, which 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 for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting construction projects such as these, we are demonstrating our desire to make safe, accessible facilities available to local residents and help municipalities ensure the durability and quality of their infrastructure. The realisation of these projects in Saint-Prosper and Saint-Honoré-de-Shenley will allow Chaudière-Appalaches residents to engage in regular sports and physical activities, promoting the adoption of active lifestyles."
Paul Busque, Member of the National Assembly for Beauce-Sud, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region
"This major project for our municipality and its neighbors will contribute to our development while improving our infrastructure and enhancing the quality of life of our citizens."
Richard Couët, Mayor of Saint-Prosper
"It is with great pleasure that I accept the financial support granted by both levels of government to increase the number of services offered to the citizens of Saint-Honoré-de-Shenley."
Dany Quirion, Mayor of Saint-Honoré-de-Shenley
- 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.
For more information about the government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html
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; Diane Faucher, Politique Attaché, Office of the MNA for Beauce-Sud, 418 226-4570; 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