SAINTE-CATHERINE-DE-LA-JACQUES-CARTIER, QC, July 7, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic communities and preserving Canada's diverse heritage.
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest more than $593,000 for the relocation of the Anne-Hébert library in the City of Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Town will also invest more than $593,000, bringing the total government and municipal investment to almost $1.8 million.
The project consists of taking advantage of a new school construction to build a larger library next to it on one floor. It will include meeting rooms, administrative offices, activity and exhibition spaces, as well as areas dedicated to books and reading. Once completed, this project will help meet the growing needs of the city and support its cultural growth.
"With a larger space, the Anne-Hébert library will be able to fully meet its educational and social roles for Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier residents. The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure support community development and help create good jobs that strengthen the middle class."
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The residents of Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier will soon have access to a high-quality cultural centre conducive to learning. I am particularly pleased, more so as this municipality has one of the youngest populations in Quebec. The Anne-Hébert library relocation project will allow the City to make dual use of the site for educational and municipal purposes and to diversify its clientele, notably, by offering digital technology like e-books. Our government recognizes the cultural role and importance of libraries in Quebec."
François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region
"When the Anne‑Hébert library was opened on January 25, 1986, in the presence of the famous poet and novelist, Anne Hébert, there was a population of 3,590 residents. Today, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier has 7,706 residents. Between 2011 and 2016, the population increased by 21.9%. Young people between 0 and 14 years old represent 1,805 residents, i.e. 23% of the population. I am pleased about the important contributions of the governments of Quebec and Canada that will finally provide Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier residents with a library that better meets their needs."
Pierre Dolbec, Mayor of Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier
- 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.
- The 2017-2027 Quebec 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 the next 10 years.
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
N New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund:
2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan:
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613 301-0894; Karl Filion, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, 418 380-2310; Simon Laboissonnière, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region, 418 643-4810; For information: Infrastructure Canada, 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected], Twitter: @INFC_eng, Website: Infrastructure Canada; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy, and Public Security, 418‑646-6777, ext. 3746