Quebec — The pandemic has made us aware of the importance of having a healthy population, the governments of Canada and Quebec are proud to support nearly 200 recreational and sports infrastructure projects across Quebec. Thanks to these investments, Quebec municipalities will have modern and safe facilities that are easily accessible, creating winning conditions for physical activity in our communities.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice–Champlain and Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Isabelle Charest, Minister for Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, announced $7,373,806 in funding for 11 projects in the Mauricie region. They were joined by Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Mauricie Region, Marie-Louise Tardif, Member of the National Assembly for Laviolette-Saint-Maurice, and Michel Angers, Mayor of Shawinigan.
With this funding, local residents will have access to modern and safe facilities that will promote an active, healthy and inclusive lifestyle.
This new infrastructure will enable the Mauricie region to create living environments that will attract families and workers, while stimulating Quebec’s economic recovery. In Shawinigan, investments of more than $3.5 million will be used to renovate the outdoor pool and service building in Antoine-Saint-Onge Park, in addition to building a splash pad. The work will mainly involve demolishing and renovating the outdoor pool and its equipment, renovating the filtration system, adding a splash pad and renovating the service building.
In the Mauricie region, the Government of Canada is investing $3,686,903 through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, while the Government of Quebec is investing a total of $3,686,903 through its Recreational and Sports Infrastructure Financial Assistance Program.
“Sports and recreation are essential to living healthy, active lives and staying connected to the community. The well-being of Canadians is an ongoing concern for our government. In the Greater Mauricie Region, the Government of Canada is investing more than $3.6 million in 11 sports and recreational infrastructure projects and will help create jobs when we need them most. Canada’s infrastructure plan is investing in thousands of projects, creating jobs across the country, and building cleaner, more inclusive communities.” – Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“In communities like those in the Mauricie region, our arenas, swimming pools and recreation centres connect families and friends. Improvements to these community facilities will greatly benefit the residents of our beautiful region by providing safe access to improved sports and recreational infrastructure. These investments will continue to provide residents with quality services while promoting healthy and active living in a safe and accessible environment.” – François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice-Champlain and Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry