REPENTIGNY, QC, Aug. 29, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic communities and showcasing Canadian and Quebec heritage.
Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Luc Fortin, Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, announced today that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest $3,100,000 in the construction of a theatre in Repentigny.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. For its part, the City of Repentigny will invest over $7 million for a total government-municipal investment of over $13.2 million.
The project consists of building a new 2,650-square-metre multifunctional theater with adaptable spaces that will offer a wide range of activities and shows to local residents. This project is part of Repentigny's downtown revitalization plan geared towards creating an open dynamic cultural space for the city.
"I am delighted to see the last piece of the wonderful Repentigny cultural space fall into place. The new theatre will provide residents with entertainment and learning opportunities while establishing a distinct cultural presence in the downtown core. This will encourage to economic growth, help create middle-class jobs and contribute to community development for years to come."
Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Our government is investing in communities to promote the development of quality infrastructure and better access to cultural activities across the territory of Quebec. Through this project, the City of Repentigny and the region of Lanaudière will be getting a space for putting on performances and actively participating in improving the residents' quality of life."
Luc Fortin, Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, and Lise Thériault, Deputy Premier, Minister Responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region
"Government support was essential to making this project a reality. I would like to thank them on behalf of the City, our region, all those who will benefit from this cultural hub, and on behalf of our community, which has also mobilized to contribute financially to this much-awaited project. The support reaffirms our need for a substantial piece of cultural infrastructure like this."
Chantal Deschamps, Mayor of Repentigny
- 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.
Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's new $180 billion 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
New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-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 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149; Karl Filion, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications, 418-380-2310; For information: Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll-free: 1-877-250-7154, E-mail: [email protected], Twitter: @INFC_fra, Website: Infrastructure Canada; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications Branch, Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy and Department of Public Security, 418-646-6777, ext. 3746