The Chalet des patineurs in Saint-Épiphane will be renovated, expanded and transformed into a multi-purpose community centre

Government of Canada supports Municipality of Saint-Épiphane community infrastructure project

SAINT-ÉPIPHANE, QC, June 2, 2017 /CNW/ - (June 2, 2017) - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Key local stakeholders have long been asking for concrete, sustainable measures to improve community and recreational infrastructure. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects such as the one by the Municipality of Saint-Épiphane, which contribute to the strength and vitality of all regions of the country and have a positive impact on community environments.

Acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, Rémi Massé, Member of Parliament for Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapédia, announced that the Municipality of Saint-Épiphane (website in French only) has been granted $313,672 in financial assistance, in the form of a non-repayable contribution, to renovate and expand the Chalet des patineurs in Saint-Épiphane, transforming it into a community centre, the only local gathering place for residents.

Nestled between the sea and the mountains in the Rivière-du-Loup RCM, the Municipality of Saint-Épiphane has over 825 inhabitants and wants to provide them with quality infrastructure that meets their needs for sports, social and recreational activities and for events such as weddings, christenings, funerals and any other family gatherings.

The funding awarded through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150) will help the municipality renovate and expand the building to accommodate a large multi-purpose hall, a kitchen, locker rooms and storage space for the organizations that use the centre.

CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

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"Through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, we are strengthening communities across the country, making them even more dynamic and united than ever. I am happy to see that the residents of Saint-Épiphane are now going to benefit from a larger renovated community centre. By improving this community infrastructure, which is the place where Saint-Épiphane residents get together, we are ensuring that they will be able to enjoy cultural, sports and recreational experiences here for many years to come." 

Rémi Massé, Member of Parliament for Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapédia

"The Government of Canada supports the projects of organizations like the Municipality of Saint-Épiphane, which mobilize and unite our communities and stimulate economic activity in Canada. Community and recreational infrastructure such as the Chalet des patineurs are prime gathering places. Today, as it was 150 years ago, openness helps build strong communities. It is in places like these that we can better explore our differences and more fully appreciate the many cultures that give life to our country." 

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

"Our municipality has not had a community centre since December 31, 2014. The residents have been looking forward to this project and we are proud of this accomplishment. I would like to stress the fact that the municipal council of Saint-Épiphane is very grateful for the financial assistance provided by the federal government."

Renald Côté, Mayor, Municipality of Saint-Épiphane

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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

For further information: Source: Media Relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Tel.: 514-283-7443, Email:dec.media.ced@canada.ca


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