LAC-ETCHEMIN, QC, March 4, 2019 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic prosperous communities.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the French Language, today announced a joint investment for the renovation of the Lac-Etchemin library.
The project involves bringing the library up to current standards by installing new flooring, and repairing the roof, walls, and escalator of the two-story building. Once this work is completed, the residents of Lac-Etchemin will have a safe modern space where they can gather and learn.
The governments of Canada and Quebec, as well as the Municipality of Lac-Etchemin, will each invest nearly $246,000 in the project, bringing the total government and municipal investment to over $737,000. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund.
"Investing in cultural infrastructure helps build strong communities and support local economic growth. Thanks to these improvements, the Lac-Etchemin library will be able to provide the public with a dynamic, accessible environment and better services. Residents of all ages will be able to make interesting discoveries, learn about all kinds of subjects and share their knowledge with the community."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"As well as being better adapted to cultural activities with and for residents, the improved library will create a special environment for disseminating and promoting reading in d the French language, and strengthen cultural vitality and pride in the Lac-Etchemin community. This project, which is part of our government's vision for modern, vibrant and appealing libraries, will enhance services offered to the public. I would like to thank all the partners who helped realize this project that will contribute to the growth of Lac-Etchemin."
Stéphanie Lachance, Member of the National Assembly for Bellechasse, on behalf of Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for French Language
"The contributions of the federal and provincial governments will enable the Municipality of Lac-Etchemin to improve services for residents. Our library is an important component of the services available locally, and this funding will help us make significant improvements to this sector."
Camil Turmel, Mayor of Lac-Etchemin
- 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 Housing. The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to develop infrastructure that enhances their cultural, sports, recreational and tourism assets or safeguards public assets.
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing 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 is supporting 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 Housing. 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 Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-697-3778, Email: [email protected]; Brigitte Roussy, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the French Language, Tel.: 418-380-2310; For information: Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613-960-9251,Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]; Media Relations Team, Communications Branch, Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Department of Public Safety, Tel: 418 691-2015, ext. 3746