Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

April 16, 2009 11:30 ET

Canada-Quebec Partnership to Benefit Montrealers

Federal fund will create jobs with the construction of the Quartier des spectacles

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada today announced a major step forward for the City of Montreal's Quartier des spectacles with the signing of the Canada-Quebec agreement for the project.

The Government of Canada has committed to provide a maximum of $40 million for the project, which represents one third of eligible costs. The Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal have also confirmed their financial commitment to the project, in the amount of $40 million each.

"By investing in Quartier des spectacles, the Government of Canada is helping to achieve an important project that will contribute to the economic development and the culture of the City of Montreal and the province," said Minister Paradis. "I'm pleased to have had the chance to offer the first payment for this project. This close to $12-million cheque is a concrete example of the work that the Governments of Canada and Quebec have accomplished to accelerate important investments in infrastructure that will create jobs and help stimulate our economy."

All funding for Montreal's Quartier des spectacles project will be used to carry out a variety of work, including the construction of five new permanent public spaces bounded by the arterial roads City Councillors and Berri, Sherbrooke and Rene Levesque streets. Work will involve the development of spaces, addition of a bicycle path, widening of sidewalks, levelling and extension of streets, the introduction of lighting fixtures, showcases and services, as well as the redevelopment of water and sewer systems.

In addition, Canada's Economic Action Plan foresees the expansion and acceleration of the recent historic federal investments in infrastructure while injecting almost $12 billion over two years in new infrastructure stimulus funding.



BACKGROUNDER

CITY OF MONTREAL'S QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES PROJECT

The Government of Canada will contribute up to $40 million to the City of Montreal's Quartier des spectacles project under the Major Projects Component of the Building Canada Fund.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The work involves the development of five new permanent public spaces in downtown Montreal. Details of the project include development of spaces, the addition of a bicycle path, the widening of sidewalks and the leveling and extension of streets, the installation of lighting fixtures, showcases and services, and the redevelopment of water and sewer systems.

The work will be done in four phases:

Phase 1

- Development of Place du Quartier des spectacles in the eastern part of the Balmoral block, and the extension of Mayor Street up to the redesigned Balmoral Street;

- Redevelopment of Jeanne Mance Street between De Maisonneuve and Rene Levesque boulevards.

Phase 2

- Development of the Festival Promenade between De Maisonneuve Boulevard to the south, President Kennedy Avenue to the north, Jeanne Mance Street to the west and Saint Urbain Street to the east;

- Development of the Place de l'Adresse symphonique to the northeast of the Place des Arts block, facing the future Montreal Symphony Orchestra Hall.

Phase 3

- Development of a linear space by levelling the surface of St. Catherine Street between Bleury and St. Dominique streets.

Phase 4

- Development of Clark Esplanade, on the west side of Clark Street, between St. Catherine and De Montigny streets;

- Redevelopment of St. Urbain Street between De Maisonneuve Boulevard and St. Catherine Street.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport,
    and Infrastructure Canada
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148