Families in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region to enjoy improved community spaces for a better quality of life

Government of Canada awards nearly $245,000 to support three community projects

SAINT-FÉLICIEN, QC, Aug. 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean families will enjoy safer play spaces for their children and improved facilities for socializing and physical activity thanks to $244,023 in funding from the Government of Canada.

The investment was announced today by David Lametti, Member of Parliament for LaSalle–Émard–Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED). The funding will support projects by the Town of Saint-Félicien, the Municipality of Girardville and Domaine-du-Roy en forme, a community organization.

CED has awarded $185,000 in funding to the Town of Saint-Félicien project, which consists in renovating the Marianne St-Gelais recreation centre by replacing the ceiling's reflective canvas, the snow pit and lighting, and adding sprinklers. The goal of the Municipality of Girardville project is to improve its community centre by adding a low-flow toilet and a lift for persons with disabilities. CED's contribution is $41,585. The project by Domaine-du-Roy en forme consists in providing two Saint-Prime tennis courts with new acrylic surfaces and modernizing their lighting systems. CED is contributing $17,438 to that project.

These non-repayable contributions are being awarded through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150), a $300 million fund that was established to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary through investments in community spaces that bring Canadians together.

Quotes

"This investment is part of a community construction project celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary. There is no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. That is how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED

"I am very pleased about CED's investment in all of these Lac-Saint-Jean projects, whose support for community vitality is undeniable. As a father, I have seen how important arenas are for the development of children and teenagers. These are projects that enable residents to get together and, in some cases, help those who are more vulnerable."

David Lametti, Member of Parliament for LaSalle–Émard–Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

"Through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, we are strengthening our communities across the country, making them more vibrant and united. As the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, I am pleased that we are improving facilities that promote sports and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle."

Marc Miller, Member of Parliament for Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Sœurs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Quick facts

  • Since its creation in 2015, CIP150 has invested nearly $61M in more than 470 projects contributing to the vitality of Quebec's communities.
  • CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

For further information: Contacts: Karl W. Sasseville, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Tel.: 343-291-2500; Media Relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Tel.: 514-283-7443, Email: dec.media.ced@canada.ca


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