SAINT-PIERRE-DE-L'ÎLE-D'ORLÉANS, QC, April 27, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic communities and promoting Canadian and Quebec heritage.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Caroline Simard, Member of the National Assembly for Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest just over $135,000 to renovate the Oscar-Ferland Library in Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality will also invest just over $135,000 to bring the total government and municipal investment to more than $405,000.
The project involves modernizing, expanding and refurbishing the Oscar-Ferland Library. The work will allow the facility to meet accessibility standards for mobility-impaired users and make the building more welcoming and functional for all users.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure support community development and the growth of the middle class. With these renovations, the Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans Library will be able to improve and expand user services, allowing it to fully meet its educational and social mandates for residents."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am thrilled with the announcement of this project to improve a significant piece of Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans' cultural infrastructure. With a larger space, the Oscar-Ferland Library will be able to better serve its customers. Our government is investing in communities to maintain and develop quality infrastructure. By doing so, we are ensuring better access to culture throughout Quebec."
Caroline Simard, Member of the National Assembly for Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism
"We are pleased to hear that the governments of Canada and Québec are helping the Municipality of Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans complete a cultural project that has been anticipated for years. We look forward to proceeding with the redevelopment of the municipal library, which will allow us to offer users better services."
Gérard Cossette, Director General and Secretary-Treasurer of the Municipality of Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans
- 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 (PDF Version): http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/site/alt-format/pdf/plan/icp-pic/IC-InvestingInCanadaPlan-ENG.pdf
Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/cities-villes/index-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: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-219-0149; 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; Marc Cochrane, Political Attaché, Office of the MNA for Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Tel.: 418-822-3115; For information: Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: email@example.com; 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