Saint-Michel, Quebec, June 28, 2018—The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic communities and promoting Canadian and Quebec heritage.
Brenda Shanahan, Member of Parliament for Châteauguay‒Lacolle, and Stéphane Billette, Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development, and Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest over $245,000 to redevelop and expand the Saint-Michel library in Montérégie.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Saint-Michel will also invest more than $245,000 to bring the total government and municipal investment to over $740,000.
Work includes installing new windows and doors along with a fire wall and ramp. The floors and roof structure will also be reinforced. This project will improve the site overall and enhance services for residents, in particular by increasing available space, improving access and extending business hours.
“The Government of Canada knows that investing in cultural infrastructure promotes thriving communities and economic growth. Thanks to this expansion and modernization, the Saint-Michel library will be able to enhance its services. This project will also help promote local heritage and make west Montérégie a region of choice for families.”
Brenda Shanahan, Member of Parliament for Châteauguay‒Lacolle, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“The people of Saint-Michel can celebrate as they’ll soon have access to reading and culture in a more welcoming spacious environment. The renovated library will better meet residents’ needs and become a centre for discussing innovative projects that will benefit everyone. The Government of Quebec is delighted to invest in communities to maintain and develop high-quality infrastructure.”
Stéphane Billette, Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development, and Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon, on behalf of Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language
The Small Communities Fund is a federal‒provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is administered by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to develop infrastructure that enhance their cultural, sports, recreational, and tourism assets or safeguard public assets.
The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. $25.3 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
Quebec’s 2018-2028 Infrastructure Plan calls for nearly $7.3 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means over $14.3 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over this period.
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