VAL-DES-MONTS, QC, Aug. 9, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic prosperous communities.
William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, and Stéphanie Vallée, Member of the National Assembly for Gatineau, Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest over $36,000 to fund the refurbishment of three branches of the Val-des-Monts municipal library. The municipality will also contribute over $36,000 for this project, bringing the total investment to nearly $109,000.
The governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest almost $12,000 to fund the refurbishment of Gracefield's municipal library. The municipality will also contribute close to $12,000 for this project, bringing the total government and municipal investment to over $35,000. The work will help optimize the use of space, while creating a more welcoming and modern environment.
The financial support for these two projects comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. Once complete, this work will help improve the region's cultural offerings and promote use of the libraries.
"The Government of Canada recognizes that investing in cultural infrastructure helps build strong and inclusive communities. With more functional and modern facilities, the libraries of Val-des-Monts and Gracefield be better equipped to fulfill their educational and social function and to provide improved services to residents."
William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The Government of Quebec is proud to financially support vital community services by promoting the development of quality infrastructure and by improving access to culture. Thanks to the funding they will receive, the libraries of Val-des-Monts and Gracefield will be able to adapt their facilities to meet the evolving needs of library users while also establishing a more modern and welcoming space."
Stéphanie Vallée, Member of the National Assembly for Gatineau, Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region, on behalf of Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language
"This funding will help us reimagine and reinvent our libraries to meet 21st century standards. Thanks to this government support, the Val-des-Monts library will be able to improve its facilities and services."
Jacques Laurin, Mayor of Val-des-Monts
"The City of Gracefield is proud to receive financial assistance from the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec. Our library will become more attractive, more functional and better adapted to meet the needs of users. The space will be maximized to improve access to culture."
Réal Rochon, Mayor of Gracefield
- 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:
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec:
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]; 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