MONTEBELLO, QC, Dec.19, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the key role of tourism infrastructure in developing dynamic prosperous communities and protecting Canada's diverse heritage.
Stéphane Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Argenteuil‒La Petite-Nation, and Alexandre Iracà, Member of the National Assembly for Papineau, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest more than $15,000 in the renovation of Montebello's tourist information office.
This financial assistance comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Montebello will also contribute more than $15,000 for a total government-municipal investment of over $45,000.
The work will include repairs to the roof, parking and public restrooms, as well as the addition of lamp posts. This will help improve the quality of service for tourists while making operations more efficient.
"Investing in tourism infrastructure helps create places where families can get together, have fun, and celebrate Canada's heritage. Renovating this building in Montebello will promote tourism and economic growth in the Outaouais Region while improving the quality of life of its residents. The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure help build strong, healthy communities and create middle-class job opportunities."
Stéphane Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Argenteuil‒La Petite-Nation, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"This investment by the Government of Quebec will help properly welcome tourists and Quebeckers alike to the region. Offering high-quality products and services is essential to encouraging visitors to extend their stays, which will help preserve and create jobs in the Outaouais region."
Alexandre Iracà, Member of the National Assembly for Papineau, on behalf of Julie Boulet, Minister of Tourism and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region
"Montebello, a "Village-Relais" in Quebec and tourist hub of the Papineau RCM, is a regional heritage stand-out. As Mayor of Montebello, the gateway to the beautiful Petite-Nation Region, I appreciate the help of the government for these renovations to our tourist information centre, which will allow us to continue offering visitors high-quality services."
Martin Deschênes, Mayor of Montebello
- 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 can enhance their cultural, sports, recreational, and tourism assets or safeguard public assets.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- Budget 2017 allocates $21.9 billion to support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- Quebec's 2017–2027 Infrastructure Plan calls for $7 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 $15 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over the next 10 years.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-eng.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec:
New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-219-0149; Patrick Soucy, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Tourism and Minister Responsible for Mauricie, Tel.: 418-528-8063; Lynda Léger, Political Attaché, Office of the MNA for Papineau, Tel.: 819-983-6868; For information: Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]; Anne-Sophie Lacroix, Coordinator, Public Affairs and Strategies, Communications Branch, Ministry of Tourism, Tel.: 418-643-5959, ext. 3493; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Media Relations, Communications Branch, Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy and the Department of Public Safety, Tel.: 418-646-6777, ext. 3746