SAINTE-ROSE-DU-NORD, QC, Aug. 14, 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 close to $134,000 for the installation of wastewater treatment equipment for washrooms of the Sainte-Rose-du-Nord wharf.
This support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Sainte-Rose-du-Nord will also invest nearly $134,000, bringing the total government and municipal investment to over $400,000.
This project will improve the quality of infrastructure at the wharf which is used by the residents and many of the 80,000 tourists who visit the municipality each year. It will also mark the completion of work that started in the summer of 2017 on the installation of a platform and a footbridge to receive the Fjord marine shuttle.
"Investing in tourism infrastructure helps build strong communities and support local economic growth. The Government of Canada is happy to support the Sainte-Rose-du-Nord wharf water infrastructure update project. Residents and tourists will benefit from modern, higher-quality facilities that will also help protect our ecosystems. When the project is completed, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region will be able to continue to grow its tourism industry and position itself as a location of choice for families."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am obviously very happy to announce this government investment. The Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region has great tourism potential that must continue to be exploited. The Saguenay Fjord is a flagship location in the region and one of Quebec's star attractions, annually attracting a large number of visitors from here and abroad. In addition to consolidating the facilities of a departure and arrival location for the Fjord marine shuttle, this project is key to attracting marine cruises to Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, which will energize the regional economy. I would like to congratulate the area stakeholders for their excellent work and their vision of the future."
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
"This funding announcement is triply important for our municipality. Not only will it allow us to improve the sanitary infrastructure in this important tourist zone of the Sainte-Rose-du-Nord wharf, it will also allow for at least six properties to be connected to our municipal water system. Finally, it completes the implementation of the anse Thóphile whose municipal council adopted a unanimous motion in support of this project last June."
Laurent Thibault, Mayor of the Municipality of Sainte-Rose-du-Nord
- 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: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: 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; Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected], Twitter: @INFC_eng, Website: Infrastructure Canada; 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