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Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

January 24, 2011 12:12 ET

Harrington Community Centre to Be Renovated Thanks to Canada-Quebec Partnership

Almost $125,000 to enhance accessibility and safety

L'ISLE AUX ALLUMETTES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 24, 2011) - Thanks to a partnership between the federal and provincial governments, the residents of L'Isle aux Allumettes and the Pontiac MRC will have access to a fully renovated and enhanced Community Centre. The announcement was made today following a visit to the work site by the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Pontiac, and Charlotte L'Écuyer, Member of the Quebec National Assembly for Pontiac, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

"Our government is proud to support the Harrington Community Centre project since we firmly believe that the residents of the Pontiac MRC should enjoy the same benefits as people living in large cities," said Minister Cannon. "I'm delighted to see that the work provided for in this project is already under way at the Community Centre. The project will allow seniors and families in this municipality to have accessible and safe recreational infrastructure in which to practice their activities."

"I am delighted with this announcement as this work will ensure that the residents of L'Isle aux Allumettes and surrounding municipalities benefit from this renovated and friendly gathering place for their great pleasure. The longevity of our infrastructure depends on our maintaining and upgrading it with a view to achieving sustainable development. With the Plan québécois des infrastructures, we are making sure that maintenance of public infrastructure in Quebec will never again be postponed. In 15 years, Quebec will make up the accumulated shortfall in the maintenance of its public infrastructure," declared Charlotte L'Écuyer, Member of the Quebec National Assembly for Pontiac.

The Harrington Community Centre needs major renovations to be able to remain open to the public. Although the structure is sound, certain renovations are needed, including the addition of washrooms on the ground floor to improve access for seniors, the replacement of roof shingles, the installation of a wheelchair access ramp, the upgrading of the electrical panel as well as the kitchen and the bowling alley, as well as the installation of a canteen in the basement.

With joint funding from the federal and Quebec governments of $124,666, as well as a cumulative contribution of $62,334 from the Pontiac MRC and other sources, the total estimated cost of this project is $187,000.

The Quebec government contribution of $62,333 is being made under the Plan québécois des infrastructures, which received additional funding in January 2009 and now includes nearly $42 billion for numerous infrastructure renewal projects in Quebec over the next five years.

The Government of Canada's contribution of up to $62,333 comes from the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, set up under Canada's Economic Action Plan, which has been used to provide funding for nearly 4,000 infrastructure projects across Canada. The Government of Canada has set aside up to $936 million of this Fund for projects in Quebec.

On December 2, 2010, the Government of Canada announced a deadline extension for the construction of infrastructure projects under Canada's Economic Action Plan. This extension will allow projects to be completed with the assistance of federal funds. Proponents of projects completed under the terms of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component Top-Up, the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program and the Knowledge Infrastructure Program may have until October 31, 2011, to finish projects eligible for the extension.

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  • Office of Canada's Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Frederik Boisvert
    Director, Policy and Communications
    Infrastructure Canada
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    Regions and Land Occupancy
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    Press Officer