Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund

Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund

July 07, 2008 11:03 ET

Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund: Development Investment of $4,844,719 at Parc Marie-Victorin in Kingsey Falls

KINGSEY FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - The MNA for Richmond and chair of the Quebec government caucus, Yvon Vallieres, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, and the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, Secretary of State for Agriculture and MP for Megantic-L'Erable, the Honourable Christian Paradis, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, are pleased to announce today that a governmental financial assistance in the amount of $3,229,812 has been granted for the development of Parc Marie-Victorin in the municipality of Kingsey Falls.

This governmental assistance, from the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF), is intended to support the development of the park, whose concept is inspired by the values of Brother Marie-Victorin, namely discovery, learning, adventure and the environment. The project is five fold:

- theme gardens (Brother Marie-Victorin's fantastic island, Quebec prairie and wetlands);

- the events and exhibits greenhouse (3,000 square feet), inspired by the encyclopedia La flore laurentienne;

- the reception pavilion and administrative pavilion;

- the play area for children;

- the overall park site (footbridge, parking lot, landscaping, etc).

"The government welcomes the development of Parc Marie-Victorin, the largest ecological garden in Quebec and a recognized pleasure garden. The park's theme is derived from the scientific work of Brother Marie-Victorin and it will contribute to the cultural, economic and tourism development of Kingsey Falls and the region. By providing this support the government shows its commitment to tangibly and sustainably improving the municipalities' collective infrastructure and by doing so, it contributes to the health, the vitality and the future of communities. Our government has made modernization of municipal infrastructure one of its priorities. Accordingly, we shall be investing an additional $3.15 billion over the next five years under the new Plan quebecois des infrastructures," said Minister Normandeau.

Parc Marie-Victorin, with an area of 30.6 acres, has been in existence for more than 20 years and welcomes close to 30,000 visitors a year. It has become well known over the years for its wide variety of activities and services supported by diversified infrastructure.

"I am pleased that the Municipality of Kingsey Falls will be proceeding with the development of Parc Marie-Victorin, which is bound to become a major tourist attraction and an engine of the local economy," said Minister Cannon. "By giving the people of Kingsey Falls a better place for sports, recreational and cultural activities, our government is helping to build a stronger economy, a healthier environment and more prosperous communities in Quebec."

Completion of this work will require a total eligible investment of $4,844,719 under component 3 of the MRIF. The Canadian and Quebec governments are each contributing a maximum of $1,614,906, for a total government funding package of $3,229,812; while private partners and public agencies are putting up the amount of $1,614,907. Work is to begin on September 1, 2008, and be completed by March 31, 2010.

"The governmental assistance announced today will be instrumental in making Parc Marie-Victorin a site of exceptionally large scale. I would like to take advantage of this occasion to acknowledge the efforts of the project's designers and carriers for having demonstrated a vision, imagination and determination. By harmonizing the tourism and educational aspects to those of sustainable development, Parc Marie-Victorin emerges more as an attraction of tourism, scientific and horticultural nature and its reputation far exceeds our region", added the Richmond MNA, Yvon Vallieres.

"I am proud that the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada are collaborating to grant a contribution of $1,614,906 each, for the Parc Marie-Victorin development project in Kingsey Falls," said Minister Paradis. This green space will become a gathering place that will contribute to promote culture and the regional heritage. This project is in tune with the vision of the federal government that is to develop stronger and better communities."

The MRIF 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. Among the MRIF's objectives are improvement of community infrastructure, the quality of the environment and citizens' quality of life, and promotion of long-term economic growth.

The program, which is in force until March 31, 2010, is administered by Quebec's department of Municipal Affairs and Regions. Infrastructure Canada and Canada Economic Development are responsible for delivering the federal portion of the MRIF on behalf of the Government of Canada.

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Contact Information

  • Charles Lussier
    Communications Advisor
    Communications Branch
    Department of Municipal Affairs and Regions
    Melanie Fortier
    Office of the Deputy Premier
    and Minister of Municipal Affairs
    and Regions
    Karine White
    Press secretary
    Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Infrastructure Canada