SAINTE-HÉLÈNE-DE-KAMOURASKA, QC, Aug. 21, 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.
The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest nearly $4,000 for renovations to the Sainte-Hélène-de-Kamouraska recreation centre.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality will also invest close to $4,000 to bring the total government and municipal investment to more than $11,000.
The project involves installing a new floor to cover an area of over 1,800 square feet. Once completed, this work will enable the Municipality to preserve its recreational and sports offerings for youth.
"Investing in recreational infrastructure is key to developing people's well-being, community vitality and economic growth. Thanks to this work, the Saint-Hélène-de-Kamouraska recreation centre will be able to continue offering services to families so they can participate in sports activities and stay in shape. Our government is proud to support projects that promote strong, inclusive and healthy communities."
The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting projects such as this we are demonstrating our commitment to providing local residents with safe and accessible facilities, and helping municipalities ensure the quality and longevity of their infrastructure. This project in Sainte-Hélène-de-Kamouraska will allow residents to practice sports and physical activities on a regular basis, encouraging them to adopt active lifestyles."
Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region
"Our recreation center is a busy place–with the rink in the winter season, and with the day camps in the summer. Residents and organizations can also rent the facilities for all kinds of receptions and gatherings. We are pleased to offer our residents a high quality, durable and aesthetic floor. "
Louise Hémond, Mayor of Sainte-Hélène-de-Kamouraska
- 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
New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund:
Quebec's 2018-2028 Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/18-19/fr/8-Infrastructures_publiques_du_Quebec.pdf
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
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