BRISTOL, QC, July 21, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic prosperous communities.
William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, and André Fortin, Member of the National Assembly for Pontiac, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest over $31,000 to expand and refurbish the Bristol library.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Bristol will also invest more than $31,000 to bring the total government and municipal investment to nearly $95,000.
The library will be moved into the town hall and expanded to 81 square metres. The work includes tearing down walls, building partitions, replacing flooring, electrical and mechanical upgrades and painting. The library will have a separate entrance, more space for books and a children's area. The project will improve the quality of the facility and allow the library to extend its service hours.
"The Government of Canada knows that investing in cultural infrastructure promotes community development and economic growth. By providing a larger renovated space, the Bristol library will be able to improve its services for residents and more fully meet its educational and social mandates."
William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"This important investment will allow the Bristol municipal library to fulfill its educational and social mission, which is to provide children and readers of all ages with a place of discovery and residents with meeting space. I am very pleased about this announcement, which gives our community the opportunity to benefit from quality infrastructure and ensures better access to culture."
André Fortin, MNA for Pontiac, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, on behalf of Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language
"I would like to thank the two orders of government for their support of our library renovations, which will provide users with a more welcoming user-friendly environment. This project will also make it easier for people to access this important cultural facility."
Brent Orr, Mayor of the Municipality of Bristol
- 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: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-219-0149; Mathieu Larouche, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, Tel.: 418-380-2310; For information: 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 Land Occupancy and the Department of Public Safety, Tel.: 418-646-6777, ext. 3746