Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

July 03, 2009 14:36 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec Support the Trois-Rivieres Amphitheatre

Major cultural investment will create jobs and stimulate the economy

TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 3, 2009) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, and Julie Boulet, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, are pleased to announce that the governments of Canada and Quebec have identified the construction of an outdoor amphitheatre in Trois Rivieres as a funding priority under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund - Quebec.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support the Trois Rivieres cultural community by way of its financial support for the amphitheatre project. This cultural facility will be very important for the city of Trois-Rivieres, which is this year celebrating its 375th anniversary," declared Minister Denis Lebel. "Our investment in this major Trois Rivieres cultural project will safeguard and create jobs while supporting the local economy during this difficult period. This investment, therefore, aligns perfectly with our Economic Action Plan."

"By participating in this major project, the Government of Quebec is moving to provide Quebec municipalities with infrastructure tailored to our situation and focussed on sustainable development. Such facilities are an essential part of a modern, wealth-creating economy. Through the injection of new capital to the Plan quebecois des infrastructures, the government seeks to accelerate the completion of many infrastructure projects throughout Quebec, so as to improve the well-being of our citizens, create jobs and support a productive economy. The Government of Quebec wants to provide municipalities with a legacy of high quality facilities, which are indispensable tools for meeting the challenges of the future," added Minister Boulet.

"This new site will become a dynamic location for the community and cultural activities of the local and regional residents. With these new facilities, the City of Trois-Rivieres will be able to welcome a greater number of activities and a large scale of sociocultural events, which help support the region's economic development and tourism, in addition to strengthening the sense of belonging that is so crucial to the development of our region," declared MNA Danielle St-Amand.

The new, outdoor amphitheatre, which will be situated at the confluence of the Saint Maurice and Saint Laurent rivers, will be located in a large urban park that is currently under construction. This space, close to downtown Trois-Rivieres, will become the centre of cultural and recreational activities for the entire region. The new venue will be equipped with a large stage and a covered seating area for about 3,500 people, as well as an outdoor natural grass amphitheatre able to accommodate over 6,500 people. With state-of-the-art technology for both major national and international productions, the new Trois-Rivieres amphitheatre will be able to host open air activities and help to diversify the region's tourism offerings. The vast park where the amphitheatre will be built consists of land that became available following the closure of a paper plant.

The entire project will require a maximum eligible investment of $40 million. The governments of Quebec and Canada are each providing $13.3 million, or one third of eligible costs, for total government assistance of $26.6 million, while the City of Trois-Rivieres is contributing $13.4 million.

Federal funding is conditional on the project meeting all federal requirements for eligibility under the Building Canada Fund, and on the conclusion of an agreement with the Government of Quebec.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan contains provisions for expanding and accelerating the recent historic federal investments in infrastructure by providing almost $12 billion over two years in new infrastructure stimulus funding. This investment is in addition to that already announced under the $33-billion Building Canada Plan.

The Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Plan - Quebec, where contributions are equal, serves to finance the completion of major infrastructures projects. Municipalities could, thanks to the amounts granted to them, endow themselves with infrastructure that can contribute to their cultural, economic, sport or tourism development, among others.

To obtain information on the Building Canda Plan - Quebec and to submit an application form, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca or www.gouv.qc.ca.

For further information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
    Canada Economic Development
    Eric Lefebvre
    Senior Special Assistant, Communications
    Cell: 613-608-7906
    or
    Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050
    or
    Political Advisor for the Minister of Transports and
    Minister responsible for the region of Mauricie
    Amina Chaffai
    1-800-567-2996
    or
    Department of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy
    Communications Branch
    Johanne Levesque
    Communications Advisor
    514-873-6403, Ext 6146