MAGOG, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2016) - Key local stakeholders have long been asking for concrete, sustainable measures to improve community and recreational infrastructure. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects that, like the ones being carried out by LAMRAC and Action Memphré-Ouest, contribute to the strength and vitality of all regions of the country.
The Honourable Denis Paradis, Member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi, announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, that LAMRAC and Action Memphré-Ouest have been granted a total of $510,347 in non-repayable funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150).
LAMRAC will receive $500,000 in support for the renovation of a 550-metre section of the foot paths on stilts running through the wetlands of the Rivière aux Cerises marsh. This project will help restore safe access to the marsh trails and provide visitors with walking circuits that take them through as many of the area's distinct ecosystems as possible.
Action Memphré-Ouest, for its part, will benefit from a contribution of $10,347 for the improvement of nine boat launches and access trails along the Parcours de la vallée Missisquoi Nord. These shoreline facilities provide entry points to the Missisquoi Nord River in the municipalities of Eastman, Bolton-Est, St-Étienne-de-Bolton and Potton Township. The aim of this project is to ensure the sustainability of the boat launches along the canoe route and to provide citizens with safe and enjoyable river access.
"Through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, we are strengthening our communities all over the country by making them more dynamic and united. I am happy to see that the region's residents and visitors will now enjoy facilities that are safer and better suited to the practice of their activities."
The Honourable Denis Paradis, MP for Brome-Missisquoi
"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting projects that, like these ones by LAMRAC and Action Memphré-Ouest, mobilize and unite our communities. Projects such as these strengthen Canada's communities, stimulate economic activity and benefit families and the middle class."
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED
"Our organization is honoured to be granted funding though CIP150 for the renovation of the elevated foot trails. This is an opportunity for us to provide and preserve community access to a quality wetland site that is an integral part of the tourism offering in the Memphrémagog region. It is also, and above all, an opportunity for us to share our lasting vision of natural heritage, one in which protecting the biodiversity and showcasing the beauty of this regional gem go hand in hand."
Board of Directors, Association du Marais-de-la-Rivière-aux-Cerises
"We are delighted to have CED's assistance in carrying out this project. These improvements will enable those living in and visiting Eastman, Bolton-Est, Saint-Étienne-de-Bolton and Potton Township to enjoy safe access to the Missisquoi Nord River as they discover the magnificent landscapes along its shores. Action Memphré-Ouest regularly receives funding for the construction of new infrastructure, but what is special about this support from CED is that it will allow us to maintain and upgrade the facilities that are already there."
Lisette Maillé, President of Action Memphré-Ouest and Mayor of Austin
CED is one of the six regional development agencies under the responsibility of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program: http://www.dec-ced.gc.ca/docs/pic-feult-eng.pdf
Marais de la Rivière aux Cerises (in French only): https://maraisauxcerises.com
Parcours de la vallée Missisquoi Nord (in French only): http://missisquoinord.com
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