ROBERVAL, QC, Aug. 15, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec and the RCM of Domaine-du-Roy are each investing close to $513,000 to upgrade the Val-Jalbert Historical Village's wastewater treatment system. In total, this represents a government-municipal investment of more than $1.5 million. This investment recognizes the key role that cultural infrastructure plays in developing dynamic communities and promoting Canadian and Quebec heritage.
The project involves upgrading the Val-Jalbert Historical Village sanitary sewer system–which dates back to 1975–by connecting it with Roberval's system. This work will help preserve the site (classified under the Quebec Cultural Heritage Act), which welcomes over 82,000 visitors each year. The upgrades will also help protect the environmentally sensitive area at the mouth of the Ouiatchouan River and Lac Saint-Jean, ensuring the sustainable and responsible development of the village.
"Heritage sites are drivers of development in our regions and the Val-Jalbert Historic Village is a perfect example. This well-known tourist attraction in Roberval is one of the most important cultural offerings in the region. Ensuring the sustainability of our cultural infrastructure is essential to preserving our rich history and supporting economic and social development. Our government is proud to contribute to the preservation of our cultural heritage throughout Quebec."
Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec, Minister Responsible for the Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean Region, and Member of the National Assembly for Roberval
"Investments in cultural infrastructure help build strong communities and support local economic growth. The Government of Canada is pleased to contribute to the modernization of this water infrastructure, which will protect our ecosystems while supporting the cultural vitality of the Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean region. Once completed, this project will ensure the quality of the facilities at the Val-Jalbert Historical Village, which will continue to attract thousands of tourists each year and generate economic benefits for Roberval and the surrounding area."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
- This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Small Communities Fund is a 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 enhance their cultural, sports, recreational, and tourism assets or safeguard public assets.
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities. $25.3 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- Quebec's 2018-2028 Infrastructure Plan calls for nearly $7.3 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means over $14.3 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over this period.
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
Quebec cultural heritage directory:
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Sources, Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-301-0894, E-mail: [email protected]; Joçanne Prévost, Press Secretary, Office of the Premier of Quebec, Tel.: 418-643-5321; For information: Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]; Media Relations Team, Communications Branch, Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy and the Department of Public Safety, Tel.: 418-646-6777, ext. 3746