SAINT-CONSTANT, QC, May 26, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of having quality recreational infrastructure that encourages people to adopt healthy lifestyles, and contributes to making communities vibrant inclusive places to live. Thanks to joint government funding, the Municipality of Saint-Constant will benefit from a new community centre that will enhance residents' quality while contributing to the growth of sporting activities and enduring community prosperity.
Jean-Claude Poissant, Member of Parliament for La Prairie, and Nicole Ménard, Member of the National Assembly for Laporte, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest close to $3.2 million for the construction of a multi-purpose facility in Saint-Constant. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component. The municipality will also invest almost $3.2 million to bring the total government and municipal investment to $9.5 million.
Work includes the demolition of the existing centre and the construction of a new one featuring multi-purpose rooms, administrative offices, storage rooms, a kitchen and an elevator.
"Cultural and recreational infrastructure helps build inclusive communities where families can have fun and get together. Recreational infrastructure helps keep our communities healthy. Our government is proud to be making investments, like this one in Saint-Constant, that improve residents' quality of life, while fostering economic growth and the creation of well-paid middle class jobs."
Jean-Claude Poissant, Member of Parliament for La Prairie, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By supporting construction projects such as these, 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 realization of this project in Saint-Constant will allow Montérégie residents to engage in regular sports and physical activities, promoting the adoption of active lifestyles."
Nicole Ménard, Member of the National Assembly for Laporte, 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
"This project will, without a doubt, improve the quality of life of our residents and organizations. With the valuable support of our governments, we will be able to provide a cohesive gathering place tailored to the needs of the Saint-Constant population. Once completed, we will be able to offer reliable facilities for the development of sports, cultural and community programs that meet everyone's expectations. This site will become the central hub of community life and no doubt foster a sense of pride and belonging in all our residents."
Jean-Claude Boyer, Mayor of Saint-Constant
- 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: Contacts: 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; Hélène Houle, Politique Attaché, Office of the MNA for Laporte, 450 672-1885; For information: 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