Recreation and sports infrastructure support

BAIE-COMEAU, QCMay 17, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The governments of Canada and Quebec are working together to provide Quebec residents with access to sustainable and safe facilities aimed at promoting recreational and sporting activities in our communities.

Today the Minister of Sport and the Minister in charge of the Agency for Economic Development of Canada for the regions of Quebec, the Honorable Pascale St. Ongeon behalf of the Federal Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, as well as the Minister for Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord and Gaspésie‒Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions. mr. Jonatan Julien, on behalf of the Minister of Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, announced the granting of financial support for the renovation project Center Henri-Desjardins in Baie Comeau

The Center Henri-Desjardins is an important attraction for skating clubs, hockey teams and all athletes in the region of Baie Comeau† The renovation project mainly consists of the repair of part of the building envelope (window A), the replacement of electrical distribution systems and the adaptation of the window cooling system.

To support the realization of this project, the government of Canada offers $734,612 through the Investing in Government Infrastructure Program Canada (PIIC) and the Government of Quebec, $734,612 under the Financial Assistance Program for Recreational and Sports Infrastructure (PAFIRS). This renovated infrastructure will contribute to the dynamism and development of the community of Baie Comeau as well as the whole region.


“In partnership with the provinces and municipalities, our government continues to invest in recreational and sports infrastructure to encourage healthy and active lifestyles in Quebec and across the country. The renovation of the Center Henri-Desjardins will allow residents of all ages and from all over the region to stay together and be active, while promoting the development of our athletes in a quality infrastructure. †

the honorable one Pascale St. OngeMinister of Sports and Minister responsible for the Agency for Economic Development of Canada for the regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlancMinister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

“Access to modern, high-quality recreational and sports infrastructure is a priority for our government. We provide quality facilities to Quebec residents with a wide range of activities and equipment. This contributes to the maintenance of good physical and mental health for the entire population. I am very proud to know that this new, modern and adapted infrastructure will once again meet the needs of athletes and those of young athletes in the community. †

Isabelle CharestMinister of Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women

“I am delighted with the investments announced today for our region. As everywhere in Quebec, we want to provide our local communities with modern infrastructures that meet the needs of athletes, athletes and young families. This new project will provide greater access to quality facilities for exercise and socialization. I would like to thank everyone who, directly or indirectly, contributed to the realization of this project. †

Jonathan JulienMinister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the regions of Côte-Nord and Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Quick Facts:

  • The project announced today complements the 176 recreational and sports infrastructure projects already announced in Quebec in 2021 and representing a total joint contribution of $294 million.
  • In the context of the CIIP, the federal government plans, among other things: 2018 and 2028, investment of more than $7.5 billion in Quebec. The Integrated Bilateral Agreement for the Investment in Water Infrastructure Programme Canada (EBI) aims to implement the CIIP in Quebec and to establish the terms, obligations and commitments of the parties.
  • The allocation to the PIIC and PAFIRS programs of a remaining $60 million envelope, coming in equal parts from the governments of Canada et du Québec will bring joint investment in recreational infrastructure to $354 million.
  • The Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec is responsible for implementing the Recreational Infrastructure sub-component of the Community, Cultural and Recreational Infrastructure component of the EBI.
  • Since 2018, the Quebec government has supported the implementation of 1,281 sports, recreational and outdoor infrastructure projects through various programs thanks to total investments exceeding $617 million.
  • The city is contributing more than $814,575 for the Baie Comeau

Related Links:

Map of Investing in the Plan projects Canada

Federal Investment in Infrastructure Projects in Quebec

Invest in the Canadathe long-term infrastructure plan for the Canada

Financial Assistance Program for Recreational and Sports Infrastructure recreation-and-sports-pafirs-ebi/

Quebec Infrastructure Plan 2022-2032


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