Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

October 09, 2009 10:30 ET

A Profitable Canada-Quebec Partnership: $30 Million for the Augustinian Graven in Our Memories Project at the Hotel-Dieu de Quebec Monastery

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2009) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council, Minister for la Francophonie and Minister responsible for Quebec City; Ms. Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women; and Mr. Sam Hamad, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region, today announced during a news conference that, through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, they have set aside a joint contribution of $30 million for the completion of the Augustinian Graven in Our Memories project, fabulous heritage witnessing the 370-year commitment of the Augustines de la Misericorde de Jesus, as a funding priority under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund-Quebec.

"This federal, provincial and municipal partnership in Quebec City is another example of what our government is doing to improve cultural infrastructure for Quebecers," said Minister Verner. "By supporting the Augustinian monastery project, the Government of Canada contributes to the cultural development of Quebec City while stimulating the economy."

"Once completed, this innovative project will enable future generations to have access to one of the rarest convent collections in North America. This trove of memories, learning, knowledge and experience will ensure the perpetuity of the mission of this founding religious community that has so marked Quebec history. Hence, the Government of Quebec is proud to play a role in preserving this exceptional legacy of material and spiritual heritage," stated Minister Christine St-Pierre.

"By making an invaluable heritage accessible and by offering places of retreat to a much larger public, the project diversifies the tourism offerings of the region, while contributing to better position our city as a cultural capital. As Minister responsible for the region of the Capitale-Nationale, I am delighted that the exceptional contribution of the Augustinians to Quebec society will be recognized and that this heritage, of which we should all be proud of, will be preserved" added Minister Sam Hamad.

The Augustinian Order has decided to bring together artefacts from its 12 Quebec monasteries to one location and to open the Hotel-Dieu de Quebec monastery, a previously closed cloister, to the general public. The financial assistance will enable restoration and upgrade work to proceed, as well as the renovation of the monastery so that it can be used for multiple purposes while maintaining its authenticity. This extensive complex dedicated to museology and heritage interpretation will also include an archive centre, a retreat centre, and accommodation space for both cultural and social use.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $36 million. The federal government will set aside up to $15 million for the completion of the museum component. The Government of Quebec has confirmed its commitment to provide $15 million to launch the innovative complex. With the confirmed contribution of $6 million from the City of Quebec, financing for Graven in Our Memories is now complete.

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

The contribution provided by the Government of Quebec will be allocated under the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, announced in November 2007. It should be noted that the cultural component of the Plan provides for the investment of $1.2 billion up to 2013. Together with the contribution of partners, the total amount is estimated at over $2 billion and will enable the department, through its programs, to accommodate a greater number of projects that promote the attractiveness of cities and regions throughout the province, as it has done today with this announcement.

In its Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is accelerating and expanding recent historic federal investments in infrastructure by providing close to $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. These investments are in addition to those already announced under the $33-billion Building Canada Plan.

The goal of the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund-Quebec is to fund major infrastructure projects. With the amounts allocated to them, communities will be able to acquire infrastructure that contribute, among other things, to their cultural, economic, sport and tourism development.

Additional information:

For further information on investments in infrastructure in Quebec, please visit these two websites: www.creatingjobs.gc.ca and www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca.

For more information on Building Canada Fund-Quebec and on Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit the www.buildingcanada.gc.ca and www.actionplan.gc.ca websites.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs,
    President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Isabelle Pelletier - Press Secretary
    418-561-2010
    or
    Office of the Minister of Culture,
    Communications and the Status of Women
    Valerie Rodrigue - Press Secretary
    418-380-2310
    or
    Office of Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and
    the Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale Region
    Alexandre Boucher - Press Secretary
    418-643-4810