MONTMAGNY, QC, May 30, 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 Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Norbert Morin, Member of the National Assembly for Côte-du-Sud, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest close to $194,000 to convert the Montmagny former town hall into a community centre. The new building will provide several spaces to accommodate and house cultural and community organizations in the region. The City will also invest nearly $194,000 to bring the total government and municipal investment to over $580,000.
In addition, the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest more than $25,000 to build a multi-sport facility in Rivière-Ouelle that can be used in summer and winter. The Municipality will also provide over $25,000 for a government-municipal investment totaling nearly $80,000.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. Once completed, this work will promote community and sports development by encouraging residents to take part in new activities.
"Investing in recreational infrastructure is essential to developing individual well-being, community vitality and economic growth. These projects in Montmagny and Rivière-Ouelle will provide families with modern sports and community facilities where they can access services and stay fit while having fun. Our Government is proud to support projects that promote the development of strong, inclusive and healthy communities."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting renovation projects like these we are demonstrating our commitment to providing local residents with safe accessible facilities and helping municipalities ensure the durability and quality of their infrastructure. These projects in Montmagny and Rivière-Ouelle will allow residents to practice sports and physical activities on a regular basis, encouraging them to adopt active lifestyles."
Norbert Morin, Member of the National Assembly for Côte-du-Sud, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister Responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region
"This financial support has been eagerly awaited by community organizations for several years as it will allow us to proceed with the redevelopment of the former City Hall. Once the work is completed, the Société de développement économique, the Hallélou singing group and the École internationale de musique de Montmagny will move in, benefiting from a work environment more adapted to their needs. I thank the governments for this valuable support, which will allow us to make the final touches to the public square and permanent outdoor stage adjacent to the building."
Rémy Langevin, Mayor of Montmagny
"We are very pleased with this contribution to our multi-sport surface project, which will be completed in the summer of 2018. It will be equipped with new boards that will remain in place year-round and the paved surface will make summer sports possible in addition to winter ice sports. This infrastructure adds to the soccer, volleyball and pétanque fields in the heart of the Village of Rivière-Ouelle."
Louis-Georges Simard, Mayor of Rivière-Ouelle
- 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
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/cities-villes/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: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/18-19/fr/8-Infrastructures_publiques_du_Quebec.pdf
Website: Infrastructure Canada
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 Caron, Press Secretary, Office of the MNA for Côte-du-Sud, 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