Alma — At a time when the pandemic has brought into sharper focus the importance of a healthy population, the governments of Canada and Quebec are proud to support close to 200 recreational and sports infrastructure projects across Quebec. Thanks to these investments, Quebec municipalities will have accessible, modern, safe facilities, creating the winning conditions for physical fitness activities in our communities.
Today, Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s Junior Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, announced funding of more than $4 million for seven projects in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region. For the occasion, they were accompanied by Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister Responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region and MNA for Chicoutimi; Éric Girard, MNA for Lac-Saint-Jean; and His Worship Marc Asselin, Mayor of Alma. This funding will ensure that residents of the region have access to safe, modern facilities that promote active, healthy and inclusive lifestyles.
This new infrastructure will help the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region to create communities that will attract families and workers, while stimulating local economic recovery. In particular, a total of more than $2.3 million in funding will be invested in redeveloping and expanding the Riverbend Curling Club in Alma. This project involves demolishing the existing service building and constructing a new one. It also includes repairing the outer shell of the ice building, insulating and waterproofing the roof, relocating the mechanical room, and repairing both the refrigeration system and the infrastructure of the playground slabs. Related work may also be carried out.
In Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the Government of Canada is investing a total of more than $2 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Quebec is also investing more than $2 million in this project through the Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives [financial assistance program for recreational and sports infrastructure].
“Sport and recreation are essential to communities where people want to live, work and raise their families. To improve the health and well-being of Quebecers, the Government of Canada is funding seven projects in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region, including the expansion and redevelopment of the Riverbend Curling Club in Alma, creating local jobs and providing space for residents to enjoy for years to come. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.” – Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities