QUEBEC, June 28, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and the City of Lévis recognize the importance of having good recreational infrastructure that promotes healthy lifestyles and helps create more vibrant communities.
Today, Lévis unveiled the final design of a new multipurpose aquatic centre. Attending this event were the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Quebec, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos; Minister Responsible for Labour and Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, Dominique Vien; and Mayor of Lévis, Gilles Lehouillier.
This project is receiving a total of $9 million in joint-funding from the governments of Canada and Quebec, with $4 million provided through the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund, and $5 million through the Programme de soutien aux installations sportives et récréatives—phase II. A $5 million contribution will also be allocated through the Federal Gas Tax Fund, including a contribution from Quebec. The City of Lévis will invest over $14.5 million for a total federal-provincial-municipal investment of more than $28.5 million.
The aquatic centre will include a 25 by 25 metre pool with ten swimming lanes, a recreational pool, multipurpose rooms, a fitness facility, dance studios and a community hall. Once completed, the new centre will help the City meet growing community needs and attract major sporting events to the region.
"As well as helping Lévis residents maintain a healthy lifestyle, the new multipurpose aquatic centre will bring people together and contribute to the development of the city and region for generations to come. Our government is proud to be making investments that improve the quality of people's lives, while contributing to economic growth and creating well-paying jobs for the middle class. "
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Quebec, on behalf the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting construction projects such as this, we are demonstrating our desire to provide local residents with safe accessible facilities, and help municipalities ensure the durability and quality of their infrastructure. This major infrastructure project will allow the City of Lévis to develop its sports and recreational services to adequately respond to the ever-growing needs of residents, and encourage people of all ages to take part in regular physical activity. "
Dominique Vien, Minister Responsible for Labour and Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, 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
"Today, we are taking an important step towards the implementation of this long-awaited project, on which construction should start in the fall. This new infrastructure is a major commitment to the community and bears witness to all the work being done to offer residents quality sports and community facilities. We would like to thank the governments of Quebec and Canada for their invaluable collaboration on this file."
Gilles Lehouillier, Mayor of Lévis
- 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.
- The Government of Canada's Budget 2017 committed $21.9 billion to support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
For more information regarding the Government of Canada's $180 billion-plus infrastructure plan contained in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html
Federal investments in Quebec infrastructure projects: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/bcf-fcc-eng.html
The sports and physical activity development fund – Programme de soutien aux installations sportives et récréatives – phase II: http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/references/publications/resultats-de-la-recherche/detail/article/fonds-pour-le-developpement-du-sport-et-de-lactivite-physique-programme-de-soutien-aux-installa-1/pubLang/0/
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
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