Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

December 09, 2009 12:43 ET

Important Investment of Close to $28 Million for Gatineau Family and Athletes

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2009) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister responsible for the Outaouais Region and Member of Parliament for Pontiac, and Mr. Norman MacMillan, Minister for Transport, Minister responsible for the Outaouais region and Member of the National Assembly for Papineau, on behalf of Mr. Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, and Minister responsible for the Chaudiere-Appalaches region, in the presence of and Mr. Marc Carriere, Member of the National Assembly for Chapleau, today are pleased to announce that the governments of Canada and Quebec have identified the construction of a multisport centre as a priority for funding through the Building Canada Fund. This project involves the construction of a multisport centre that will include two skating rinks with 1,200- and 300-seat bleachers.

"The Government of Canada is proud to partner with the Government of Quebec for the completion of a multisport centre, which will benefit the entire Outaouais population," stated Minister Cannon. "This project will not only offer our young athletes a quality site at which to practise their favourite sports, it will also encourage physical activity in Outaouais families."

"This is excellent news, not only for those in the City of Gatineau, but also for the entire Outaouais region. Indeed, the construction of a polyvalent sports centre is essential to the economic vitality and community spirit of the region. With this investment, the Government of Quebec encourages the adoption of a physically active lifestyle and the development of a true sporting culture," said Minister Laurent Lessard.

The cost of the two skating rinks is estimated at $19 million. The Government of Canada will allocate a contribution of up to one third of the total eligible costs, for a maximum federal contribution of $6 million. The Government of Quebec will allocate an equivalent contribution. These amounts are in addition to those from Vision Multi Sports Outaouais, a not-for-profit organization that is active in the Outaouais Region.

The contribution of the federal government will be under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund, which aims to fund major infrastructure projects. The contribution of the Government of Quebec will be through the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, whereby $42 billion will be invested across Quebec over the next five years, primarily to bring Quebec public infrastructure up to standard, as well as to renew and maintain these assets.

The federal investment complements Canada's Economic Action Plan, which seeks to accelerate and increase the existing $33-billion federal investment in infrastructure by injecting close to $12 billion over two years in new stimulus funding for infrastructure.

An additional investment by the Government of Quebec

On behalf of Ms. Michelle Courchesne, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Mr. MacMillan took this opportunity to announce an additional $4-million investment to Vision Multi Sports Outaouais for the construction of an interior soccer-football field that will be integrated into the project.

This part of the project could cost up to $8,940,601 and will be covered by the proponent and its partners. The project falls within the terms of a support program for sports and recreational facilities, under the sport and physical activity development fund. These diverse facilities will be constructed on the grounds of ecole Polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau and will form part of the multisport centre with two skating rinks. Other facilities will also be built, in particular, a physical fitness centre and parking spaces. The total Government of Quebec investment is $10 million.

"The Government of Quebec is determined to promote the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyles by Quebecers. The addition of this synthetic surface in Gatineau is an excellent way to contribute to this. In addition to serving the ecole Polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau, this soccer-football field will be used by athletes in the region enrolled in sport-study programs. It will be designed to meet the requirements of elite sports. The various sports federations and the general public could also use it," said Ms. Courchesne.

"As Minister responsible for the region, I am very happy for the citizens. The future sports complex will have several benefits, not only for Gatineau but also for the Outaouais. It will significantly increase the sports and recreational activities offered in the region, especially in terms of team sports. We want to encourage people to lead active lives," stated Mr. MacMillan.

"It is with great pleasure that I participate in this announcement. All Outaouais members are in support of this major project, which will have a tangible impact on quality of life of those in the region, particularly for the young. Today, we joyfully cross another milestone in this exciting project!" said Mr. Carriere.

The support program for sports and recreational facilities, with the goal of providing athletes, developing athletes and the general public with infrastructure that meets their needs, was established under sport and physical activity development fund. The fund has a funding envelope of $325 million and will continue to generate investments in the coming years, to reach a total of $650 million.

Additional information

For additional information on infrastructure investments, consult www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

For additional information on the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, visit www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca/plan-infrastructure/index.asp.

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

Disponible aussi en francais: www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Skating Rinks

The governments of Canada and Quebec have set aside a joint sum of up to $12 million for the construction of a multisport centre.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $19 million. The Government of Canada will allocate a contribution of up to one third of the total eligible costs of the project, for a maximum federal contribution of $6 million. The Government of Quebec will allocate an equivalent contribution. These amounts are in addition to those provided by Vision Multi Sports Outaouais.

Vision Multi Sports Outaouais, a not-for-profit organization, is proposing the construction of a multisport centre that will include two skating rinks. The centre will be built on land adjacent to the ecole Polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau in Gatineau, Quebec.

The centre will be used by local athletes in the Outaouais region and the general public. In addition, the ecole Polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau offers a sports-study program tailored to the needs of elite-level athlete students. The proposed facilities are necessary for the success of such a program.

The project involves the building of a multisport centre that will include:

- a North American-size skating rink with bleachers (1,200 seats); and

- a North American-size skating rink with bleachers (300 seats).

The federal funding is conditional on the project meeting all federal eligibility requirements with respect to the Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement with the Government of Quebec.

Under the terms of the Building Canada Fund, recreational infrastructure projects are eligible for funding if they involve, among others, major facilities or complexes intended for physical activity, such as skating rinks, gymnasia or other facilities where sports or physical fitness are the main purpose.

Canada and Quebec have agreed that close to $1.5 billion will be allocated under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund to fund public infrastructure that has national or regional impact.

Cost Breakdown is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/vision.pdf

Contact Information

  • Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of Transport Minister John Baird
    613-991-0700
    or
    Natalie Sarafian
    Press Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
    613-995-1851
    or
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    Office of Quebec's Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    418-691-2050
    or
    Tamara Davis
    Press Secretary to the Minister of Education, Recreation
    and Sports
    418-644-0664