CHELSEA, QC, Jan. 29, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of having good recreational infrastructure that promotes healthy lifestyles and helps make communities vibrant inclusive places to live. Thanks to government funding, residents of the Municipality of Chelsea will soon have new infrastructure that will improve their quality of life while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.
William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, and Stéphanie Vallée, Member of the National Assembly for Gatineau, Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest nearly $490,000 in the construction of a bicycle path in Chelsea. This funding comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Chelsea will also contribute close to $490,000 for a total government-municipal investment of over $1.4 million.
The new bike path will include three sections totaling almost four kilometres on Mine, Notch and Kingsmere roads. Once completed, the project will provide the community with a safe cycling network and link the Municipality of Chelsea with surrounding towns, encouraging active transportation in the Outaouais region.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in recreational infrastructure help build strong, healthy communities and create middle-class job opportunities. The bike path project in Chelsea will create safe connections among our communities and offer residents of all ages the option of adopting an active mode of transportation"
William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting active transportation projects such as this one, we are ensuring that the residents of des Collines RCM have safe cycling infrastructure. This project in Chelsea will allow residents to participate in sports and physical activities they enjoy and adopt an active lifestyle."
Stéphanie Vallée, MNA for Gatineau, Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, and Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region
"The Municipality of Chelsea is thrilled to receive this financial support from the Quebec and federal governments. This funding will make active transportation safer along the Mine, Notch, and Kingsmere corridor for residents of all ages, especially youth who bike to high school and CEGEP along this route. I would especially like to acknowledge the close collaboration with local residents, members of Council, municipal staff and staff from the National Capital Commission. This active partnership helped ensure the project design reflects the needs of both Chelsea residents and Gatineau Park visitors."
Caryl Green, Mayor of Chelsea
- 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 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 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+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
*New* – Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-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 Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure component—Small Communities Fund:
Quebec's 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-219-0149; 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; Isabelle Marier St-Onge, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region, Tel.: 418-643-4210; 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