Recreation and sports infrastructure support

GATINEAU, QCJune 20, 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 Secretary of State to the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Hull-Aylmer, Mr Greg Fergus, on behalf of the Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honorable Dominic LeBlancand the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for hats offMr Mathieu Lévesque, on behalf of the Minister of Education and the Minister responsible for the status of women, Ms.me Isabelle Charest, announced the award of nearly $1.4 million in funding for the development of locker rooms and a multi-purpose space at the Mont-Bleu sports complex in Gatineau. For the occasion they were accompanied by the mayor of Gatineau, Mrs.me France Belisle.

The project will allow to redevelop the service pavilion to create a multifunctional space under the existing stands, as well as changing rooms for the sports teams and a changing room for the referees. This redevelopment will expand the range of services and improve the user experience.

To support the realization of this project, the government of Canada donates $699,216.50 from the Community, Culture and Recreational Infrastructure (VICCR) component of Investing in Canada (PIIC) and the Government of Quebec, $699,216.50 under the Financial Assistance Program for Recreational and Sports Infrastructure (PAFIRS). This project will contribute to the vitality and development of the Gatineau community and the region as a whole.

Quotes

“Thanks to the redevelopment of the Mont-Bleu complex, our athletes will have access to more functional buildings that will allow them to continue to thrive by practicing their favorite physical activities. This is excellent news for the residents of Gatineau. In collaboration with provinces and municipalities, our government continues to invest in recreational and sports infrastructure in order to build dynamic and inclusive communities. †

Greg FergusSecretary of State to the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Hull-Aylmer), 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 variety of activities and equipment. This contributes to the maintenance of good physical and mental health for the entire population. I am very happy to know that this new, modern and adapted infrastructure will once again meet the needs of the entire community. †

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

“I am very pleased with the investments announced today for the Mont-Bleu sports complex. I am convinced that the Gatineau community is just as happy. The redevelopment of the services pavilion of the Mont-Bleu sports complex makes the premises more functional and adapted to the needs of athletes. That’s great news! †

Mathieu Lévesque, parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Justice and MNA for hats off

“What great news for Gatineau! The Mont-Bleu sports complex will have its own changing rooms and a new multifunctional space to better accommodate our athletes. I emphasize that this addition will allow Gatineau to host more high-level competitions and improve service and access to our key users, such as school and municipal sports teams. †

France Bélisle, Mayor of Gatineau

Quick Facts

  • The project unveiled today complements the 176 recreational and sports infrastructure projects already announced in Quebec in 2021 and representing a total combined contribution of $294 million.
  • As part of the Infrastructure program Investing in Canada (PIIC), the federal government plans to invest more than $7.5 billion in Quebec between 2018 and 2028. The Integrated Bilateral Agreement (IBA) aims to implement the CIIP in Quebec and define 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 and Quebec, 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.
  • As of today, the City of Gatineau contributes more than $700,000 towards the realization of this project.

Related Links

Map of Investing in the Plan projects Canada
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html

Federal Investment in Infrastructure Projects in Quebec
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investments/qc-eng.html

Financial Assistance Program for Recreational and Sports Infrastructure
http://www.education.gouv.qc.ca/municipalites/aide-financiere/fonds-pour-le-developpement-du-sport-et-de-lactivite-physique/programme-daide-financiere-aux-infrastructures- recreation-and-sports-pafirs-ebi/

Quebec Infrastructure Plan 2022-2032
https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/22-23/6-Plan_quebecois_infrastructures.pdf

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

For more information: Sources: Jean-Sébastien Comeau, Press Secretary and Communications Adviser, Office of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, 343 574-8116, [email protected]† Alice Bergeron, press attaché to the Minister of Education and Minister responsible for the status of women, 418 997-4093; Media Relations: Infrastructure Canada, 613 960-9251, Toll Free: 1 877 250-7154, Email: [email protected]† Head of Press Relations, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of the Family, [email protected]

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