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Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

December 06, 2010 11:30 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec Support Construction of Centre de Foires de Drummondville

DRUMMONDVILLE, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2010) - The Centre de foires de Drummondville is becoming a reality, thanks to financial support from the governments of Canada and Quebec.

The announcement was made by the MP for Lévis–Bellechasse, Steven Blaney, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region, Laurent Lessard. The governments of Canada and Quebec have identified as a priority this project to build the Drummondville exhibition centre, which could receive a joint contribution of up to $13.18 million under the Major Projects Component of the Building Canada Fund-Quebec.

"The exhibition centre will make it possible to attract larger exhibitions to Drummondville and will provide modern infrastructures that will benefit the entire region," said MP Blaney, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. The Government of Canada's support for this project is another example of the work we are doing in partnership with the Government of Quebec. I am pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting this project." 

"The Centre de foires de Drummondville promises to be a real economic engine for the Centre-du-Québec region. In supporting this major project, the Government of Quebec is moving forward to ensure that the province's municipalities have infrastructure that suits their unique realities, while fostering sustainable development. By injecting new capital into the Quebec infrastructure plan, the government is looking to accelerate the completion of numerous infrastructure projects throughout the province, including the projects in Drummondville, in an effort to improve the well-being of Quebecers, create jobs and support a productive economy. Our government wants to leave the municipality a legacy of quality infrastructure with which to face the challenges of the future," added Minister Laurent Lessard.

'We welcome with great satisfaction today the announcement of this financial contribution by the federal and provincial governments, as well as their significant participation in the Centre de foires de Drummondville. This is a major project that engaged our community and is supported by it. This exhibition centre will bring our city major development opportunities, help it grow and make it better known," said Francine Ruest Jutras, Mayor of Drummondville and President of the Société de développement économique, who took the opportunity to thank both levels of governments for their concrete support for this forward-looking project in Drummondville.

The 100,000-square-foot exhibition centre, with a 60,000-square-foot exhibition hall, to be located on the site of the former agricultural exhibition, will make it possible to hold larger shows and events. It will provide Drummondville with modern facilities that reflect the needs of the region's exhibitors, for whom this type of infrastructure is not current available locally. 

The total eligible cost of the project to build the Centre de foires de Drummondville is estimated at $22.9 million. The Government of Canada will contribute up to one third of eligible costs, for a maximum of $6.59 million. The Government of Quebec will make an equivalent $6.59 million contribution. In addition, Drummondville and the city's economic development corporation, the Société de développement économique de Drummondville (SDED), will contribute.

This funding is part of the commitment by the governments of Canada and Quebec to help create jobs and stimulate the economy to build thriving communities and a more prosperous Canada.

The federal government's contribution comes under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund, which funds public infrastructure that has a national and regional impact. The Government of Quebec's contribution is being made under the province's infrastructure plan, under which $42 billion will be invested in the next five years throughout Quebec to upgrade, renew and maintain Quebec's public infrastructure.

The federal investment complements the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which accelerates and expands on existing federal investments of $33 billion in infrastructure, by injecting nearly $12 billion over two years in new infrastructure stimulus funding.

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

Additional information 

For more information on infrastructure investments, please visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

For more information on the Quebec infrastructure plan, please visit www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca/plan-infrastructure/index.asp.

For additional information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, see the website at www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
    and Communities of Canada
    Frederik Boisvert
    Director, Policy and Communications, Quebec Region
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    Toll-free: 1-877-250-7154
    or
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Officer
    418-691-2050