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Infrastructure Canada

February 19, 2008 15:00 ET

Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund: $11,857,487 Investment in La Pocatière for Construction of a New Arena and Community Hall

LA POCATIERE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2008) - Claude Bechard, the Quebec Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region and MNA for Kamouraska-Temiscouata, on behalf of Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Regions, and Levis-Bellechasse MP Steven Blaney, on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, are pleased to announce that the City of La Pocatiere will receive $7,904,992 in federal government financial assistance under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF).

The government assistance will be used to build a new arena, which will include a community hall. Located on land adjacent to the existing arena, the new, modern, functional amphitheatre will include seating for some 1,000 people and will feature state-of-the-art equipment for artificial ice making, heating, air conditioning and dehumidification. The project also provides for the creation, on an upper level, of a multifunctional 500-seat hall that can be divided into two 250-seat rooms, each outfitted with audiovisual equipment for cultural and community activities. Restrooms and restaurant facilities will also be included in the project.

The project requires a total eligible investment of $11,857,487 under component 3 of the MRIF. The Quebec and federal governments are each contributing $3,952,496, for total government assistance of $7,904,992, while the City of La Pocatiere is providing $3,952,495.

"This new multi-functional amphitheatre will provide citizens of La Pocatiere and the Kamouraska RCM with a modern and welcoming facility. With this new venue, the City will be able to host more sports events and large-scale socio-cultural activities, which will boost the economic development and tourism potential of the region," said Minister Bechard.

"The Government of Canada is proud to work together with the Government of Quebec to provide a contribution of $3.9 million each to build a new arena in the City of La Pocatiere," said MP Blaney. "The contribution from the increased Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund clearly demonstrates the federal government's firm commitment to the infrastructure needs of our cities and communities."

The Mayor of La Pocatiere, Bernard Genereux, is delighted with the project, which will encourage involvement in sports and community events and improve both community facilities and the quality of life of local people.

The recent $80 million increase in MRIF 3 means that a total of $470 million in financial assistance, provided equally by the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada, is now available under the MRIF. With the financial participation of municipalities and organizations, some $700 million in work can now be carried out. The MRIF has several objectives: upgrading community infrastructure, improving the quality of the environment, improving citizens' quality of life and promoting long-term economic growth.

The program, which will continue until March 31, 2010, is managed by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and the Regions. Infrastructure Canada and Canada Economic Development ensure federal management of the program.

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    Department of Municipal Affairs and the Regions
    Johanne Levesque
    Communications Advisor, Communications Branch
    Office of the Deputy Premier and Minister of
    Municipal Affairs and the Regions
    Jonathan Trudeau
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Karine White
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada