MORIN-HEIGHTS, 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 Morin-Heights will be able to transform a municipal building into a community centre, 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 $533,333 for the transformation of this building. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Morin-Heights will also invest $533,333 to bring the total government and municipal investment to more than $1.6 million.
The project consists of transforming a municipal building into a community centre. Specifically, work involves creating a locale to accommodate skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts in the winter, and cyclists in the summer, while developing multi-purpose rooms to host recreational and cultural activities, along with storage spaces and administrative offices.
"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 Morin-Heights 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 Morin-Heights will provide new opportunities for residents of the Laurentians Region to take part in regular sports activities, encouraging active lifestyles."
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
"We are delighted that the governments of Quebec and Canada are supporting us in order to provide Morin-Heights citizens with a community gathering place in the centre of our municipality. The cultural and sporting needs of seniors and youth will therefore be met at a reasonable cost. I would like to thank our provincial member, Yves St-Denis, and our Member of Parliament, Stéphane Lauzon, who have believed in our project and worked steadfastly with their colleagues to great success."
Tim Watchorn, Mayor of Morin-Heights
- 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: 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: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149; Marie B. Deschamps, Press Secretary. Office of the Minister of Families, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister responsible for the Gaspésie--Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, 418 644-0664; 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