OTTAWA, May 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Statement by Jean Perrault, President of
the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que.,
on today's launch of the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program:
"FCM welcomes today's launch of the Recreational Infrastructure Canada
RInC will create thousands of jobs across the country on projects that
repair aging recreation facilities. With speedy project approvals, RInC
can get funding to front-line infrastructure projects quickly enough to
put shovels in the ground this construction season.
Not only will that help boost the economy, but it will deliver ongoing
health and social benefits to cities and communities across the country.
Quality hockey rinks, swimming pools, and other recreation facilities
keep Canadians active, bring members of the community together, and give
our children access to healthy pastimes.
The launch of RInC, and the addition of recreational infrastructure as an
eligible category under the Building Canada Fund, opens the door to an
increased federal role in building healthy, physically active cities and
Almost half of Canadians are overweight or obese. One in 10 children is
overweight, and the trend is growing. This has serious consequences,
because excess weight is linked to many diseases and to premature death.
Because one of the leading causes of obesity and related health problems
is lack of physical activity, one of the most important ways to combat
obesity and ensure the health and well-being of citizens is to enable
Participation in sport and recreation is also widely accepted as a
powerful contributor to personal and social development, particularly for
individuals deemed to be 'at risk.' An increase in sport activity can
result in better performance in school, reduced crime rates and reduced
use of illicit drugs.
As project proposals are submitted and reviewed for RInC funding, the
federal government must continue its efforts to secure cost-sharing
agreements with every province and territory. Municipalities welcome the
federal government's commitment to provide one-third of project funding,
but this funding must leverage matching contributions from provinces and
territories so that municipal stimulus projects receive adequate funding.
Under a full and fair funding partnership, municipalities can put the
RInC program to work creating jobs and improving recreation facilities in
all parts of the country."
For further information:
For further information: Maurice Gingues, (613) 907-6395,