PLESSISVILLE, QC, June 12, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that tourism infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic, prosperous communities and showcasing Canada's and Quebec's heritage.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Laurent Lessard, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Minister Responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest over $200,000 to renovate the Carrefour de L'Érable in Plessisville. This building houses, among others, the regional tourist information office and administrative offices for culture and tourism employees of the RCM of L'Érable.
This support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The City of Plessisville will also invest more than $200,000 for a total government-municipal investment of over $605,000.
The project involves replacing the roof and windows, and upgrading the interior and siding to prevent deterioration and ensure a healthy workplace.
"Investing in public infrastructure helps build strong communities and economic growth. The renovation of the Carrefour de L'Érable will support the development of tourism in the RCM of L'Érable, helping make Plessisville a location of choice for families for years to come."
The Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Located in the heart of the City of Plessisville, the Carrefour de L'Érable offers residents and visitors various services. With this financial support, the government is helping ensure people can enjoy the activities available at this Centre-du-Québec tourism infrastructure in a healthy safe environment."
Laurent Lessard, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Minister Responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region, on behalf of Julie Boulet, Minister of Tourism, Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region, and Member of the National Assembly for Laviolette
"The Carrefour de L'Érable is key to the cultural and community life of Plessisville residents. It provides exceptional regional and provincial outreach to the city. By investing in renovating this facility, Plessisville is confirming its leadership as a central city and the important role Bourbon River Park facilities play in its community services."
Mario Fortin, Mayor of Plessisville
- 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:
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Patrick Soucy, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Tourism and Minister Responsible for Mauricie, Tel.: 418-528-8063; For information: Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: email@example.com; Anne-Sophie Lacroix, Coordinator, Public Affairs and Strategies, Communications Branch, Ministry of Tourism, Tel.: 418-643-5959, ext. 3493; 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