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Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund

Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

June 27, 2008 14:30 ET

Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund: $1,608,886 Investment in Saint-Sylvestre for Construction of a Multi-Purpose Community Centre

SAINT-SYLVESTRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 27, 2008) - Johanne Gonthier, the MNA for Megantic-Compton and Parliamentary Assistant to the Quebec Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, on behalf of Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Regions, and Jacques Gourde, the MP for Lotbiniere - Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Minister of Canada Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, are pleased to announce that the Societe sportive et sociale de Saint-Sylvestre will receive $1,072,590 in financial governmental assistance under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF).

The governmental assistance will be used to build a new multi-purpose community centre in Saint-Sylvestre. The new installation will cover 8,259 square foot and will be divided in two parts that are separate and complementary to each other. The first part will be of the gymnasium type and will be conceived in such a way that it can serve as a reception hall and also hold sporting activities year long, like badminton and volleyball. The second part of the structure will be built on two levels. The project will include, amongst other things, an entrance hall, an office and a locker-room on the main floor, while on the top floor, there will be some function rooms and a catering department.

"The Government of Quebec is proud to support the construction of this new multi-purpose community centre in Saint-Sylvestre. This centre will become a dynamic location for sports, community and cultural activities for the local and regional population. With these new installations, the Municipality of Saint-Sylvestre will be able to accommodate a larger number of sporting events as well as major socio-cultural events, that will contribute to support the development of the economical and recreational potential of the region," said the MNA Gonthier.

"The Government of Canada is proud to work together with the Government of Quebec to provide a contribution of $536,295 each to build this new multi-purpose community centre in Saint-Sylvestre," said MP Gourde. "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."

A total financial assistance of $1,608,886 $ under MRIF 3 will be required in order to achieve this project. The Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada will each contribute $536,295, which adds up to a total governmental assistance of $1,072,590, while the Municipality of Saint-Sylvestre will provide $536,296 to this project.

The Chairman of the Societe sportive et sociale de Saint-Sylvestre, Raynald Champagne, 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 Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is a cost-sharing initiative of the Government of Quebec and Government of Canada that makes $470 million in funding available to Quebec municipalities and non-governmental organizations. With the financial participation of these municipalities and organizations, this initiative could result in the execution of more than $700 million in infrastructure work. The objectives of the MRIF are to improve community infrastructure, the quality of the environment and citizens' quality of life, and to promote 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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Contact Information

  • Department of Municipal Affairs and the Regions
    Johanne Levesque
    Communications Advisor
    Communications Branch
    514-873-6910
    or
    Office of the Deputy Premier and Minister of
    Municipal Affairs and the Regions
    Jonathan Trudeau
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050
    514-873-2622
    or
    Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
    and Communities
    Karine White
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148