L'ISLET, QC, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic communities and preserving Canada's diverse heritage. To improve access to local cultural space and protect its heritage value, the Municipality of L'Islet will receive joint funding from the two governments to restore the Salle des Habitants of L'Islet-sur-Mer.
Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Norbert Morin, Member of the National Assembly for Côte-du-Sud, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each contribute more than $100,000 to the project. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component. The Municipality will also invest more than $100,000, bringing the total government and municipal investment to more than $305,000.
This project will help preserve a heritage building classified under the Cultural Heritage Act, the Salle des Habitants in l'Islet-sur-Mer. This building includes a cultural facility and the Jean-Paul-Bourque Library, associated with the Réseau Biblio du Québec. The work includes repairing the universal access ramp at the library entrance and repairs to the doors, balconies and exterior cladding.
"Investing in cultural infrastructure helps Canada preserve the experiences of its people and places, and inspires visitors to explore and understand the world around them. The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that strategic investments in public infrastructure—including funding for cultural projects—help support dynamic communities and the creation of job opportunities that help grow the middle class."
Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am delighted about this project, which will improve our cultural infrastructure, and protect and enhance a heritage building with a view to sustainable development. More broadly, we are contributing to the well-being of the entire Islet community."
Norbert Morin, Member of the National Assembly for Côte-du-Sud
"I am proud of the success of this project to restore the Salle des Habitants in L'Islet-sur-Mer. The building, classified under the Cultural Heritage Act, which also houses the library, is a valuable historical legacy for our region. Residents will now have a gathering place that will greatly enhance community life in L'Islet."
André Caron, Mayor of L'Islet
- 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.
For more information about the government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html
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: http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures/programmes-daide-financiere/nouveau-fonds-chantiers-canada-quebec-volet-fonds-des-petites-collectivites-fpc/
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: 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, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, 418 380-2310; Julien Mercier Caron, Press Secretary, Office of the MNA for Côte-du-Sud, 418 234-1893; Infrastructure Canada: 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @INFC_eng, Website: Infrastructure Canada; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy, and Public Security, 418‑646-6777, ext 3746