BAIE-D'URFÉ, QC, March 12, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of having good recreational infrastructure that encourages people to adopt healthy lifestyles and helps make communities vibrant inclusive places to live. Thanks to joint government funding, the City of Baie-D'Urfé is renovating some of its sports infrastructure, which will enhance residents' quality of life while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.
Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, and Geoffrey Kelley, Minister Responsible for Native Affairs and Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest almost $90,000 for two recreational infrastructure projects in Baie-D'Urfé. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The City of Baie-D'Urfé will also invest almost $90,000 to bring the total government and municipal investment to more than $268,000.
The first project involves upgrading a multi-purpose playground at the Red Barn Park for year-round use to accommodate public skating in the winter, and basketball and ball hockey during the summer. The second project involves upgrading the local curling club's refrigeration system.
"Recreational infrastructure helps build strong healthy communities and create middle-class job opportunities. Our government is proud to be making investments, like these in Baie-D'Urfé, that offer residents new opportunities to engage in a variety of sports year-round."
Francis Scarpaleggia, MP for Lac-Saint-Louis, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"In any community, it's important to have places where residents can come together to socialize. By supporting these types of important recreational spaces, we're promoting connections between families and members of the community who share the same interests and passions, be it skating, basketball, curling or simply the desire to have fun with their children! That's why our government is proud to support projects that will encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyles while strengthening the social fabric of Baie-D'Urfé and the West Island."
Geoffrey Kelley, MNA for Jacques-Cartier and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region
"The City of Baie-D'Urfé is thrilled with this good news. We are proud to offer a range of recreational facilities that accommodates the needs of all residents. Our playground project is a perfect complement to this goal and upgrading the Curling Club's refrigeration system reflects our community's commitment to being more environmentally responsible."
Maria Tutino, Mayor of Baie-D'Urfé
- 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 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 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan calls for $7 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 $15 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over this period.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
*New* – Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-eng.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund:
Quebec's 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts, Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-219-0149; Marie B. Deschamps, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region, Tel.: 418-644-0664; Kimberly Labar, Communications Director, Office of the Minister Responsible for Native Affairs, Tel.: 581-305-4278; For information: Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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