Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund

Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund

May 02, 2008 15:30 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec and the City of Trois-Rivieres Invest $20.26 Million Towards the Trois-Rivieres sur Saint-Laurent Project

375th Anniversary of the City of Trois-Rivieres

TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - The Deputy Premier of Quebec and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, accompanied by the federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, the Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Mauricie Region and MNA for Laviolette, Julie Boulet, accompanied by the Secretary of State for Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Megantic-L'Erable, the Honourable Christian Paradis, are pleased to announce today that the City of Trois-Rivieres will receive government funding in the amount of $13,507,836 from the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF), while the City itself will contribute an amount of $ 6,753,918.

"The government is proud to help bring this huge public park project into life. The project will promote the revitalization of this area and contribute to the cultural, economic and tourism development of Trois-Rivieres and the region. This support is proof of the government's commitment to make tangible, sustainable improvements to the community infrastructure of municipalities and thus contribute to the health, vitality and future well-being of communities. Because modernization of municipal infrastructure is one of the priorities of our government, we will invest an additional $3.15 billion over the next five years as part of the new Plan quebecois des infrastructures," stated Minister Normandeau.

"The Trois-Rivieres sur Saint-Laurent project will be a major asset in order to make Trois-Rivieres a more prosperous place to live," stated Minister Cannon. "Making communities stronger and better is amongst the objectives of the $ 33 billion dollars Building Canada Plan. This project will contribute to the economic drive of the region and fits well with the vision of the government of Canada."

This government funding will be used to implement Phase One of this huge project, of which the objective is to build a series of public park improvements and installations along the St Maurice and St Lawrence Rivers. The main activities of the project include construction of a bicycle path and pedestrian trail over a distance of 3.2 kilometres, installation of floating docks along the St Maurice River, and construction of a lookout, pergola, picnic area, restaurant area and multi-purpose space. Other project activities include moving the Centre de decouverte de l'industrie des pates et papiers (Borealis), a pulp and paper industry interpretation centre, into a former pumping station, rebuilding a portion of the wharf along the St Lawrence River, installing a piece of art work and building several improvements such as an artificial lake, a traffic circle with a fountain on Des Commissaires Street, and a parking lot. To complement this major project, street furniture will be installed and a large number of embellishment projects carried out.

Minister Boulet said, "Today, our Government confirms its participation to this foundation project which has been greatly anticipated by the citizens of our region. This announcement will surely contribute to the success of the celebrations surrounding the 375th anniversary of the City of Trois-Rivieres, in addition to have a structuring effect on the development of the land area and the urbanisation. This vast public space will help to revitalize this part of the City and will give citizens access to the river again, mainly those living in the older areas of Trois-Rivieres, as well as enhance the attractiveness of the region."

Secretary of State Paradis stated, "I am proud that the federal and Quebec governments are working together to grant a funding contribution towards the first phase of the Trois-Rivieres sur Saint-Laurent Project. This new green space will become a gathering area that will contribute to regional culture and heritage development."

This former industrial area where the major project will be carried out covers an area of 340,000 square metres and is located close to the St Cecile and downtown districts. These new public spaces will be developed as a continuation of the public spaces of the harbour park, which are linked to the downtown area of Trois-Rivieres. This new infrastructure will give Trois-Rivieres residents and visitors access to the shoreline of the St Lawrence and St Maurice Rivers.

The project requires a total eligible investment of $20,261,754 under Component 3 of the MRIF. The governments of Quebec and Canada are each contributing $6,753,918, for a total of $13,507,836 in government assistance, while the City of Trois-Rivieres is investing an equivalent amount of $6,753,918 in the project. This government assistance is conditional upon the results of an environmental assessment in compliance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Trois-Rivieres Mayor Yves Levesque is delighted that this project is taking shape, as it will improve community infrastructure, contribute to the well-being of city residents and promote his city's economic, cultural and tourism development.

Financial assistance in the amount of $470 million, allocated out of the MRIF and provided in equal portions by the federal and Quebec governments, is provided for municipalities and non-government organizations in Quebec. With the financial participation of these municipalities and organizations, projects valued at some $700 million can be carried out. The MRIF has several objectives: improve community infrastructure, quality of the environment and the quality of life of Canadians and provide support for long-term economic growth.

This program, in effect until March 31, 2010, is managed by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Regions. Management of the program on behalf of the federal government is provided by the departments of Infrastructure Canada and Canada Economic Development.

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Contact Information

  • Source:
    Department of Municipal Affairs and Regions
    Johanne Levesque
    Communications Advisor
    Communications Directorate
    For information:
    Office of the Deputy Premier
    and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions
    Jonathan Trudeau
    Press Officer
    418-691-2050 / 514-873-2622
    Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Karine White
    Press Officer
    Infrastructure Canada
    Amina Chaffaï
    Policy Advisor of the Minister for Transport,
    Minister responsible for the Mauricie Region