SAINT-PIERRE-DE-LA-RIVIÈRE-DU-SUD, QC, Aug. 7, 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 Norbert Morin, Member of the National Assembly for Côte-du-Sud and Deputy Government Whip, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest over $150,000 in a new roof over the Saint-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud ice rink to protect skaters from bad weather.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality will provide the remaining funding for a government-municipal investment totaling $451,000. Once completed, the work will increase sports opportunities in the municipality and encourage residents to stay active.
"Investing in recreational infrastructure is key to developing people's well-being, community vitality and economic growth. These improvements to Saint-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud's local rink will give families a place to have fun while staying fit all year long. 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 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-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud will allow residents to practice sports and physical activities on a regular basis, encouraging them to adopt active lifestyles."
Norbert Morin, MNA for Côte-du-Sud and Deputy Government Whip, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region
"The ice rink is a unifying and central place in our municipality where the young and old gather all year round to be active. This project lies deeply in the heart of the citizens of Saint-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, and we are very happy with the upcoming renovation."
Alain Fortier, Mayor of Saint-Pierre-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud
- 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
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; Julien Mercier Caron, Press Secretary, Office of the MNA for Côte-du-Sud, and Deputy Government Whip, Tel.: 418-234-1893; 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