Support for recreational and sports infrastructure – Canada and Quebec invest more than $76,500 in New Carlisle's Citizen's Centre

NEW CARLISLE, QC, May 11, 2022 /CNW/ – The governments of Canada and Quebec are working together to provide Quebecers access to sustainable and safe facilities that promote recreational and sports activities in our communities.

Today, the Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, the Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, on behalf of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, and the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Côte-Nord and Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Regions, Mr. Jonatan Julien, on behalf of the Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for Status of Women, Ms. Isabelle Charest, announced funding of $76,531 for the addition of a dehumidifier at the New Carlisle Citizen’s Centre.

The Citizen’s Centre welcomes curling and recreational hockey players from November to March. The new dehumidifier will improve the air quality, facilitate the storage of equipment and allow activities to be held during the summer.

For this project, the Government of Canada is contributing $38,265.50 under the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), and the Government of Quebec is investing $38,265.50 under the Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (PAFIRS). This new infrastructure will contribute to the vitality and development of New Carlisle.

Quotes

“As a result of today’s announcement, users of the Citizen’s Centre in New Carlisle will benefit from a modern facility to practice their favorite sport, even during the summer. In partnership with provinces and municipalities, the Government of Canada is investing in recreational and sports infrastructure to build vibrant and inclusive communities.”

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie—Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

“Access to modern, quality recreational and sports infrastructure is a priority for our government. We provide Quebecers with quality facilities offering a wide variety of activities and equipment. This helps maintain good physical and mental health for the entire population. I am very proud to know that, once again, this new, modern and adapted infrastructure will meet the needs of athletes of all ages in the community.”

Isabelle Charest, Minister for Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women

“I am pleased with the investments announced today for our region and surrounding area. Like all of Quebec, we want our local communities to have modern recreational and sports infrastructure that meets the needs of athletes, sports enthusiasts and young families. Thanks to this new project, everyone will have better access to quality facilities to move and socialize. I would like to thank all the stakeholders who were directly or indirectly involved in making this project a reality.”

Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Côte-Nord and Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Regions

Quick facts

  • The project announced today is in addition to the 176 recreational and sports infrastructure projects already announced in Quebec in 2021, representing joint contributions totalling $294 million.
  • Through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the federal government is investing more than $7.5 billion in Quebec between 2018 and 2028. The Integrated Bilateral Agreement (IBA) for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is intended to implement the ICIP in Quebec and establish the terms, obligations and commitments of the parties.
  • Quebec’s Ministère de l’Éducation is responsible for implementing the Recreational Infrastructure sub-stream of the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure stream of the IBA. The Government of Quebec established the Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (PAFIRS). By funding projects to build, develop, renovate, upgrade, expand or redevelop recreational and sports infrastructure, the PAFIRS aims to maintain recreational and sports infrastructure that is in good condition in all regions of Quebec and to increase access to this infrastructure for Quebecers.
  • The ICIP and PAFIRS programs will receive $60 million from a residual envelope in equal parts from the governments of Canada and Quebec, bringing the total joint investment in recreational infrastructure to $354 million.
  • For the New Carlisle project, the municipal contribution amounts to $39,375.

Related links

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

Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec 
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/qc-eng.html

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

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

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

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