SAINT-FÉLIX-D'OTIS, QC, Aug. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that tourism infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic, prosperous communities and showcasing Canada's and Quebec's heritage.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Serge Simard, Member of the National Assembly for Dubuc, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest over $483,000 to implement the development plan for the Site de la Nouvelle-France in Saint-Félix-d'Otis.
This support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Saint-Félix-d'Otis will also invest more than $483,000, bringing the total government and municipal investment to over $1.4 million.
The development plan includes installing a dock for the Fjord marine shuttles, creating a walking path, as well as two scenic lookouts, and improving the interpretive buildings. This local initiative will help promote the culture and history of the Nouvelle-France era.
"Investing in tourism infrastructure helps build strong communities and support local economic growth. The Government of Canada is happy to support the development plan for the Site de la Nouvelle-France, which will help celebrate and preserve our history. Once completed, this project will boost tourism in Saint-Félix-d'Otis and improve the quality of life of its residents."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am pleased to announce the Government of Quebec's financial assistance for this project, which will improve the Municipality of Saint-Félix-d'Otis' tourism offerings and make important contributions to the economy. This investment also aligns with Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean regional strategic tourism plan for 2014-2020, both a tourist attraction and a project that will create jobs. I am very proud of the work that the municipality has accomplished and I wish them great success."
Serge Simard, MNA for Dubuc, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region, on behalf of Julie Boulet, Minister of Tourism, Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region
"The investments announced today help strengthen the Municipality of Saint-Félix-d'Otis' position as a premier tourist destination in Lower Saguenay. This project will have a positive impact on the economy in all of Lower Saguenay."
Pierre Deslauriers, Mayor of the Municipality of Saint-Félix-d'Otis
- The Small Communities Fund is a 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 enhances their cultural, sports, recreational and tourism assets or safeguards public assets.
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities. $25.3 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- Quebec's 2018-2028 Infrastructure Plan calls for nearly $7.3 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means over $14.3 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over this period.
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec:
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-301-0894, Email: [email protected]; Patrick Soucy, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Tourism and Minister Responsible for Mauricie, Tel.: 418-528-8063; Janick Gagné, Policy Advisor, Office of the MNA for Dubuc, Tel.: 418-544-8106; For information: Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]; Anne-Sophie Lacroix, Coordinator, Public Affairs and Strategies, Communications Branch, Ministry of Tourism, Tel.: 418-643-5959, ext. 3493; Media Relations Team, Communications Branch, Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy and the Department of Public Safety, Tel.: 418-646-6777, ext. 3746