LAVALTRIE, QC, Aug. 1, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that investing in cultural infrastructure is key to developing vibrant and thriving communities.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Lise Thériault, Minister Responsible for Consumer Protection and for Housing, announced that the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec will invest over $129,000 in the expansion and renovation of the Café Culturel de la Chasse-galerie in Lavaltrie.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The City of Lavaltrie will provide the remaining necessary funds, totalling $390,000 in federal, provincial and municipal investments.
The work consists of expanding the 124 square metre building. The project includes renovating the dressing rooms and the stage access area, fitting out a backstage area and adding an adjacent loading bay, and expanding the space for equipment storage.
"Investing in cultural infrastructure helps build strong communities and supports local economic growth. The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in this work, which will enable the Café Culturel de la Chasse-galerie to deliver quality programming that is even more diversified for local audiences."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"This project will help consolidate the activities of this infrastructure, which has become, over the years, a must-visit location for cultural tourism in the region. I am therefore very pleased that this announcement is giving the Chasse-galerie the means to achieve its goals."
Lise Thériault, Minister Responsible for Consumer Protection and Housing and Responsible for the Lanaudière Region, on behalf of Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language
"The City of Lavaltrie is grateful for this funding and is proud to be contributing to this major project. This work is vital to the future of our theatre and its outreach, and addresses the needs of the professional and amateur artists performing on this one-of-a-kind stage. This expansion will also help ensure that our 'petit café des grands artistes' continues to prosper while maintaining its intimate character."
Christian Goulet, Mayor of the City of Lavaltrie
- 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: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Sources, Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-301-0894, Email: [email protected]; Mathieu Larouche, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, Tel.: 418-380-2310; 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