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Canada Economic Development

April 24, 2013 10:30 ET

Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund: Government of Canada Funds Modernization of Three Mauricie Community Centres

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 24, 2013) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced that the municipalities of Grandes-Piles and Lac-Édouard and the organization Spect-Arts of Trois-Rivières have been granted financial assistance to renovate three community centres in the Mauricie region.

"By funding these renovation and modernization projects, the Government of Canada is fulfilling its commitment to help improve the quality of life in our communities," said Minister Lebel.

"Our government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security," the Minister added.

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This assistance, granted in the form of three non-repayable contributions totalling $763,490, has been awarded through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

The Parish Municipality of Grandes-Piles will thus receive $600,000 for the renovation and expansion of its community centre. The work will include improvements to, among other things, the building's walls, roof, windows, interior staircase, floors, electrical installations and plumbing.

The Municipality of Lac-Édouard has been granted $102,035 for the refurbishment of its community centre. The project involves reinforcing and sound-proofing some of the building's structural components (walls, floors, ceilings), improving the lighting, renovating the public restrooms, and refurnishing and decorating the multi-purpose meeting hall along a Lac Édouard theme.

Lastly, the organization Spect-Arts will renovate the multi-purpose centre in the Sainte-Cécile district of Trois-Rivières. It will use the $61,455 in funding from the Government of Canada to improve the building's restroom facilities, bring the electrical installations up to standard, replace the existing lighting system with new energy-efficient lighting, and make various improvements to the common areas.

The CIIF has a nationwide budget of $150 million over two years, including $31.2 million to be invested in Quebec where the Agency is responsible for its administration. The Fund aims to support the rehabilitation and improvement, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure. The second call for proposals is currently open; interested organizations have until April 30, 2013, to submit their proposals.

For further details on the CIIF: http://www.dec-ced.gc.ca/eng/programs/qedp/ciif.html

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