RIPON, QC, Dec. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the key role of tourism infrastructure in developing dynamic and prosperous communities.
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 $35,000 to implement phase one of the tourism development project for Ripon's Parc des Montagnes Noires. This includes redeveloping parking areas, building an observation tower and developing new hiking trails.
This financial assistance comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Ripon will also contribute $35,000, for a total government-municipal investment of $105,000.
"The Government of Canada knows that strategic investments in public infrastructure help build strong, healthy communities and create middle-class job opportunities. These improvements to Ripon's recreation infrastructure in Parc des Montagnes Noires will boost tourism and economic growth in the Outaouais region while improving the quality of life of its residents for years to come."
Stéphane Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Argenteuil‒La Petite-Nation, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The Parc des Montagnes Noires is one of the major tourist attractions in the Outaouais region. This first phase of development, consisting of five recreational and tourism improvement projects, will increase the outdoor activities offered in the region and is sure to please all visitors, whether they are from Quebec or elsewhere. It is essential to be able to offer tourists quality products and services so they will extend their stays in Quebec and increase economic spinoffs."
Alexandre Iracà, Member of the National Assembly for Papineau, on behalf of Julie Boulet, Minister of Tourism and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region
"With this contribution from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and Quebec are facilitating the recreation and tourism development of the majestic site that is the Parc des Montagnes Noires of Ripon, also thereby supporting the development of the whole region."
Luc Desjardins, Mayor of Ripon
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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