GRANBY, QC, May 12, 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 Town of Granby will benefit from a new sports facility, which will enhance residents' quality while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.
Pierre Breton, Member of Parliament for Shefford, and Nicole Ménard, Member of the National Assembly for Laporte and Chair of the Government Caucus, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest more than $10.2 million for the construction of an aquatic centre in Granby. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component. The Town will also invest more than 10.2 million to bring the total government and municipal investment to almost $30.7 million.
The new aquatic centre will include a recreational pool, competitive pool, change rooms and administrative offices. The project also involves exterior work, including a parking lot.
"Sports infrastructure helps keep our communities healthy. As well as helping residents maintain a healthy lifestyle, the new aquatic centre in Granby will bring people together and contribute to the development of the Town, and the entire riding of Shefford, for generations to come. Our government is proud to be making investments that improve the quality of people's lives, while promoting economic prosperity and creating well-paying jobs for the middle class."
Pierre Breton, Member of Parliament for Shefford, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By constructing this facility, the Town of Granby will be able to continue offering a wide variety of sports activities for people of all ages. Providing people, especially youth, with accessible high-quality sports facilities is a priority for our government and the investment announced today is a good example of this."
Nicole Ménard, Member of the National Assembly for Laporte and Chair of the Government Caucus, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Families, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister Responsible for the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region
"By supporting construction projects such as this one, 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. This project in Granby will allow Montérégie residents to engage in regular sports and physical activities, promoting the adoption of active lifestyles."
Lucie Charlebois, Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living and Minister Responsible for the Montérégie Region
"It is with great joy that we celebrate this excellent news today. Without Minister Charlebois's efforts and the hard work of Shefford MP, Pierre Breton, this announcement would not have been possible. I would like to extend my warmest thanks to them for their essential contributions to moving this forward."
Pascal Bonin, Mayor of Granby
- 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: http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures/programmes-daide-financiere/nouveau-fonds-chantiers-canada-quebec-volet-fonds-des-petites-collectivites-fpc/
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; Bianca Boutin, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister for Rehabilitation, Youth Protection, Public Health and Healthy Living, 418 266-7181; Hélène Houle, Press Secretary, Office of the MNA for Laporte, 450 672-1885; For information: Infrastructure Canada, 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy, and Public Security, 418‑646-6777, ext 3746