SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QC, May 26, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic communities and preserving Canada's diverse heritage. To this end, the Adélard-Berger and Acadie libraries of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu will undergo complete interior renovations, enabling the realization of their important mandate, thanks to joint government funding.
Jean Rioux, Member of Parliament for Saint-Jean, and Luc Fortin, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each contribute almost $1.4 million to ensure the complete interior renovation at both locations. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component. The Town will also invest almost $1.4 million, bringing the total government and municipal investment to almost $4.2 million.
"Investing in cultural and educational infrastructure opens up new learning opportunities and helps Canada preserve the experiences of its people and places. The Government of Canada knows that strategic investments in public infrastructure, such as this one in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, contribute to prosperous communities and the creation of job opportunities that help grow the middle class."
Jean Rioux, Member of Parliament for Saint-Jean, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Our government is pleased to provide citizens with quality cultural spaces that encourage life-long learning. This project to renovate the Adélard-Berger and L'Acadie libraries will ensure continued access to services where citizens can explore culture in an engaging and lively environment "
Luc Fortin, Minister of Culture and Communications, Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language
"As our city's population has grown, we recognized that, sooner or later, the number of avid readers, on all platforms, at our libraries would also increase. This influenced our decision to upgrade our libraries. We would like to thank the governments of Quebec and Canada for their contributions."
Michel Fecteau, Mayor of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
- 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; Karl Filion, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, 418 380-2310; 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