The governments of Canada and Quebec have awarded more than $9.4 million in funding assistance for the completion of 17 infrastructure projects in the Chaudière-Appalaches Region to improve access to modern and safe facilities that will foster an active, healthy and inclusive lifestyle.

“Sports and recreational activities are essential to communities where people want to live, work and raise their families,” said Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “To improve the health and well-being of Quebecers, the Government of Canada is funding 17 projects across the Chaudière-Appalaches region, including the construction of a covered ice rink in Saint-Apollinaire, creating local jobs and providing spaces for residents to enjoy for years to come.”

This new infrastructure will enable Quebec’s Chaudière-Appalaches region to create living environments conducive to attracting families and workers, while stimulating the local economic recovery. For example, assistance of over $2.7 million in Saint-Apollinaire will enable the construction of a covered and refrigerated skating rink. The civil works for the skating rink include the following elements: excavation, backfill, drainage, foundation, structure, skating rink surface, refrigeration system, related equipment, site work and contingencies.

In the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, the Government of Canada is investing a total of $4,705,694.50 through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), while the Government of Quebec is investing a total of $4,705,694.50 under the Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (PAFIRS) (financial assistance program for recreational and sports infrastructure).

“The dynamic Chaudière-Appalaches Region deserves safe and modern recreational and sports facilities that meet the needs of families, athletes and the general public,” said Marie-Eve Proulx, Quebec’s Junior Minister for Regional Economic Development, Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, Minister Responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region and MNA for Côte-du-Sud. “Today, I am very pleased to announce these investments that will make it possible to equip the Region with unifying infrastructure while fostering the adoption and the maintenance of a physically active lifestyle for the entire population.”

Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), the federal government is planning to invest, between 2018 and 2028, over $7.5 billion in Quebec for projects intended for community, cultural and recreational infrastructure, green infrastructure, mass transit and infrastructure in rural and northern communities. For further information, visit: Investing in Canada Project Plan Map

The Government of Quebec’s Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (PAFIRS) exists within the framework of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) and the Integrated Bilateral Agreement (IBA), which aims to implement the ICIP in Quebec and establish the terms and conditions, obligations and commitments of the parties. The Program has an envelope of $294 million. For further information, visit: Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (PAFIRS – IBA)

Featured image: The Gore Meadows outdoor covered skating rink in Brampton, Ontario.

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