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Recreational facilities in Quebec to benefit from federal, provincial funding


May 17, 2022
By Infrastructure Canada

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The Canadian and Quebec governments have joined forces to provide access to safe and sustainable facilities in the province that promote recreation and sport in our communities.

Pascale St-Onge, minister of sport and minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, minister of intergovernmental affairs, infrastructure and communities, and Jonatan Julien, minister of energy and natural resources and minister responsible for the Côte-Nord and Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Regions, on behalf of Isabelle Charest,minister for education and minister responsible for the status of women, announced funding this week for the renovation of the Centre Henri-Desjardins in Baie-Comeau.

The Centre Henri-Desjardins is an important hub for skating clubs, field hockey teams and all sports enthusiasts in the Baie-Comeau region. The renovation project involves rehabilitating the building envelope, replacing the electrical distribution equipment, and modifying the ice refrigeration system.

To support this project, the Government of Canada is providing $734,612 under the Community, Culture and Recreation Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), and the Government of Quebec is providing $734,612 under its Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (Recreational and Sports Infrastructure Financial Assistance Program) (PAFIRS). This renovated facility will contribute to the vitality and development of the community of Baie-Comeau and the entire region.

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“In partnership with the provinces and municipalities, our government continues to invest in recreation and sports infrastructure to encourage a healthy, active lifestyle in Quebec and across Canada. Renovation of the Centre Henri-Desjardins will enable residents of all ages from across the region to continue to get together and be active, and it will support the development of our athletes in a high-quality facility,” St-Onge said.