The Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) announced non-repayable contributions totalling $10,673,069 for 23 Montréal organizations, including SDC Wellington, which is hosting them at the Éthel parking garage in Verdun for the occasion. The financial support is being granted through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) to help communities in Greater Montréal recover from the pandemic and provide them with quality meeting places.

“Our government is investing in public spaces that will enable residents in Montréal’s neighbourhoods to come together and also give them a sense of renewed pride,” said Pascale St-Onge, MP for Brome–Missisquoi, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for CED. “When we invest in infrastructure revitalization projects such as those being announced today, we are helping communities to remain dynamic, improve their well-being, and create new opportunities. Without a doubt, these quality spaces will become cultural and social landmarks that will strengthen the metropolis’s tourism attractions, stimulating economic growth after the pandemic.”

These 20 or so projects involve the upgrading or construction of public spaces throughout the city, such as community and multi-purpose centres, reception chalets and park playgrounds, community greenhouses, outdoor public market kiosks, and outdoor work and relaxation areas.

“The upgrading of the Ethel parking garage is a positive step for the attractiveness of Wellington Street and, above all, for the neighbourhood’s community, public, and cultural life. This investment will help reappropriate this spectacular space in the heart of Verdun,” said Billy Walsh, acting director General, SDC Wellington

Featured image: Éthel parking garage in Verdun. (Promenade Wellington)

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