SAINT-MICHEL-DES-SAINTS, QC, July 10, 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 Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Lise Thériault, Minister Responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing, and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest over $28,000 to renovate the outdoor rink in Saint-Michel-des-Saints.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The City will provide the rest of the funding for a government-municipal investment totaling $86,000.
The work consists of installing new rink boards, removing the damaged asphalt, leveling the ground and repaving the surface. Once completed, the work will help promote sports in the municipality and encourage residents to participate in new activities.
"Investing in recreational infrastructure is key to developing individual well-being, community vitality and economic growth. This project to improve Saint-Michel-des-Saints ice rink will provide families with a sports facility adapted to their growing needs where they will be able to stay fit while having fun. Our Government is proud to support projects that promote the development of strong, inclusive and healthy communities."
The Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting renovation projects such as this we are demonstrating our commitment to providing local residents with safe accessible facilities and helping municipalities ensure the durability and quality of their infrastructure. This project in Saint-Michel-des-Saints will allow residents to practice sports and physical activities on a regular basis, encouraging them to adopt active lifestyles."
Lise Thériault, Minister Responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing, and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region
"The Municipality of Saint-Michel-des-Saints would like to thank the governments for their financial support under the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The municipal rink renovation project directly responds to the needs of our citizens and will help maintain and develop sports and recreational activities in our municipality."
Réjean Gouin, Mayor of Saint-Michel-des-Saints
- 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 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
New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund: http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures/programmes-daide-financiere/nouveau-fonds-chantiers-canada-quebec-volet-fonds-des-petites-collectivites-fpc/
Quebec's 2018-2028 Infrastructure Plan:
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-301-0894, Email: [email protected]; 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; Clémence Beaulieu Gendron, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister Responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing, and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region, Tel.: 418-691-2030; 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