Government is investing more than $26 million to improve access to existing recreational and sports infrastructure

MONTREALMay 30, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The Minister of Education and the Minister responsible for the status of women, Ms.me Isabelle Charest is proud to announce today a $26.4 million investment over five years to increase accessibility to existing recreational and sports infrastructure. This measure will make it possible to conclude infrastructure sharing agreements so that they can be used to the maximum by local residents.

In concrete terms, a school with a large gym could conclude agreements with the municipality to allow more people to practice their sport or their favorite hobby outside the hours of use by the students.

This new investment is in line with the will of the government, municipalities, school service centers and school boards to promote access to sports infrastructure for the entire population. The regular practice of sports, recreation and outdoor activities has positive effects on health, study success and self-development for people of all ages.

Quotes:

“It is my great pleasure to announce today this excellent news, which was confirmed in the last budget. Since I took office, accessibility to sports, leisure and outdoor activities has been my priority. This is a subject that is very close to my heart. While we have invested nearly $800 million in upgrading and building recreational and sports infrastructure, the needs remain high. This new measure will make it possible to make full use of the existing infrastructure, for the benefit of the population. †

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

“The support announced by the Ministry of Education will be invaluable to students and citizens as it will help consolidate access to school and municipal facilities. The Center de services scolaire de Montréal believes fundamentally in these partnerships, which improve the quality of life of families and promote healthy lifestyles and student success. That is why it makes more than 110 schools accessible throughout the year. I would also like to thank our municipal partners for making available to our school population with their sports and cultural facilities. †

Isabelle Gélinas, Director General of the Montreal School Services Center

Highlights:

  • The improvement of the size envelope Sharing school and municipal infrastructure forecast $2.1 million in 2023-24, $5.1 million in 2024-25, $8.1 million in 2025-2026 and 11.1 million in 2026-2027.
  • The size Sharing school and municipal infrastructure was conducted in 2019-2020. The improvements announced today include:
    • better consultation between organizations for optimal use of infrastructure;
    • simplification of infrastructure management, in particular by eliminating billing, reducing tasks and reducing associated administrative costs;
    • better access to sports and recreational infrastructure throughout Quebec.
  • Accessibility is an issue that is part of the Exercise, Sports and Recreation Policy – In Quebec, we move!launched in 2017.
  • To date, three sub-agreements have been signed in Châteauguay, Chambly and repentancein addition to the agreement with the City of Montreal and others will follow.
  • This announcement comes in addition to many actions taken to ensure greater accessibility, such as the $40.7 million investment over five years announced on May 13 to provide the entire population with free access to recreational, sporting and adapted equipment.

Related Links:

For details about the Exercise, Sports and Recreation Policy – In Quebec, we move! : http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/municipalites/politique-de-lactivite-physique-du-sport-et-du-loisir/au-quebec-on-bouge/

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SOURCE Cabinet of the Minister of Education and the Minister responsible for the status of women

For more information: Alice Bergeron, Press Attaché, Cabinet of the Minister of Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, 418 997-4093

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