CANTLEY, QC, June 2, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of having good recreational infrastructure that encourages people to adopt healthy lifestyles, and contributes to making communities vibrant and inclusive places to live. Thanks to joint government funding, the Municipality of Cantley will benefit from a new community centre, which will enhance residents' quality while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.
William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, and Stéphanie Vallée, Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the Outaouais Region, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest more than $2.6 million for renovations for the construction of a community centre in Cantley. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component. The Municipality of Cantley will also invest more than $2.6 million to bring the total government and municipal investment to nearly $8 million.
The new community centre will feature multi-purpose rooms, changing rooms, a fitness area, administrative spaces, storage rooms and a kitchen.
"Recreational infrastructure helps build inclusive communities where families can have fun and get together. Our federal government is proud to be making investments, like this one in Cantley, that improve the quality of people's lives, while promoting economic prosperity and creating well-paying jobs for the middle class."
William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting construction projects such as this one, we are demonstrating our desire to make safe, accessible facilities available to local residents and help municipalities ensure the durability and quality of their infrastructure. The realisation of this project in Cantley will allow Outaouais residents to engage in regular sports and physical activities, promoting the adoption of active lifestyles."
Stéphanie Vallée, Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the Outaouais Region, on behalf of Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region
"Thanks to the Small Communities Fund, this major investment is an unprecedented opportunity for Cantley! It will allow us to develop quality community services for our residents. The construction of a multifunctional community centre will also provide a central hub and gathering point, reinforcing a sense of belonging."
Madeleine Brunette, Mayor of Cantley
- 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:
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149; Marie B. Deschamps, Press Secretary, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Region of Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, 418 644-0664; Isabelle Marier St-Onge, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Justice, Procurer General of Quebec, and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais Region, 418 643-4210; 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