BROWNSBURG-CHATHAM, QC, April 28, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of having good recreational infrastructure that encourages healthy lifestyles and makes communities vibrant, inclusive places to live. Thanks to joint government funding, the Municipality of Brownsburg-Chatham will soon have a new sports facility, enhancing residents' quality of life while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.
Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and Yves Saint-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest more than $1.9 million for the construction of this facility. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Brownsburg-Chatham will also invest more than $1.9 million to bring the total government and municipal investment to more than $5.8 million.
The project consists of building a new community facility featuring multi-purpose rooms, a gymnasium, storage spaces, change rooms, administrative offices and a kitchen.
"Cultural and recreational infrastructure helps build inclusive communities where families can have fun and get together. Our government is proud to be making investments, like this one in Brownsburg-Chatham, that offer residents new opportunities to engage in a variety of sports year-round, while fostering economic growth and the creation of well-paid middle class jobs. "
Stéphane Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Argenteuil‒La Petite Nation and Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting construction projects such as this, we are demonstrating our desire to make safe and accessible facilities available to local residents and help municipalities ensure the quality of their infrastructure over the long term. This project in Brownsburg-Chatham will provide new opportunities for residents of the Laurentians Region to take part in regular sports activities, encouraging active lifestyles."
The MNA went on to say: "To improve the sports and recreational services, the government has supported a number of infrastructure projects in the riding, including renovations to Lavigne High school's indoor pool, new artificial sports pitches for that school and the Laurentian Regional High School, as well as updates to outdoor skating rinks in the Regional Municipality of Argenteuil."
Yves Saint-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Region of Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
"It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome this announcement. This financial support will enable us to develop a new facility that meets the needs of all our citizens. The funding provided by the provincial and federal governments is instrumental in carrying out this project, which will benefit everyone. Once complete, we will have access to high-quality services in a modern and pleasant environment in the heart of the municipality."
Catherine Tricky, Mayor of Brownburg-Chatham
- 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 proposes $21.9 billion to support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
The new Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund:
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149; Marc Lapointe, Press Secretary, Officie of the Minister Responsible for Maritime Affairs, 710, place D'Youville, 6e étage, Quebec (Québec) G1R 4Y4, 418 691-5650; For information: Infrastructure Canada, 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected], Twitter: @INFC_eng, Website: Infrastructure Canada; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy, and Public Security, 418‑646-6777, ext 3746