Recreation and sports infrastructure support

LABELLE, QCApril 29, 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, on behalf of the Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, Mr Stéphane Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Argenteuil-La Petite-Nation, Dominic LeBlancas well as the Minister of Education and the Minister responsible for the status of women, Mrs.me Isabelle Charest, announced the allocation of more than $968,000 in funding for the construction of a new recreation pavilion and reconstruction of the baseball field bleachers in Labelle. For the occasion, they were joined by the session chair and MNA for Labelle, Ms.me Chantale Jeannotte, and the mayor of Labelle, Mrs.me Vicki Emard.

The new building will include multiple and varied spaces, such as changing rooms, multipurpose rooms, storage rooms, bathrooms, offices for recreation managers and a kitchen. This new pavilion replaces the small existing building that is outdated. It will facilitate access to the adjacent park as well as holding indoor activities. The stands of the baseball field are also being rebuilt.

To implement this project, the governments of Canada and Quebec will also contribute $484,010 from the Investing in Canada (PIIC) and the Financial Assistance Program for Recreation and Sports Infrastructure (PAFIRS). This new infrastructure will contribute to the dynamism and development of the Labelle community and the region as a whole.

Quotes:

“Investing in recreational and sports infrastructure helps build strong, sustainable and inclusive communities. With this new leisure pavilion, the inhabitants of Labelle will benefit from a modern and versatile infrastructure to thrive, practice many rewarding activities and maintain an active lifestyle. †

Stéphane Lauzon, Secretary of State to the Minister of Rural Development and Member of Parliament for Argenteuil–La Petite-Nation, 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 proud 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 welcome the investments announced today for our region and the surrounding area. As everywhere in Quebec, we aim to provide our local communities with modern recreational and sports infrastructure that meets the needs of athletes, athletes and young families. Thanks to this new project, everyone will have better 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. I am confident that the community will use it regularly and that we will promote the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. †

Chantal JeannotteSession Chair and MNA for Labelle

“As our community grows, the construction of this new recreation pavilion will meet the needs of our residents for years to come by providing community offerings and quality services for young and old alike. This is excellent news for Labelloises and Labellois. †

Vicki EmardMayor of Labelle

Quick Facts:

  • The project announced today complements the 176 recreational and sports infrastructure projects already announced in Quebec in 2021 and joint contributions 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 the implementation of the Recreational Infrastructure sub-component of the Community, Cultural and Recreational Infrastructure component of the ECI.
  • 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.
  • For this project, the financial contribution of the City of Labelle is over $484,000.

Related Links:

Map of Investing in Canada Plan projects 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

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

For more information: 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]† Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn; Website: Infrastructure Canada; Head of Press Relations, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of the Family, [email protected]

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