Amqui, Quebec, May 31, 2021 – As the pandemic has made us more aware of the importance of having a healthy population, the governments of Canada and Quebec are proud to support nearly 200 recreational and sports infrastructure projects across Quebec. With the help of this funding, Quebec municipalities will have modern and safe facilities that are easily accessible, creating winning conditions for engaging in physical activities in our communities.
Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, acting on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s Junior Education Minister and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, announced over $7.5 million in funding for 12 projects in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. They were joined by Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourism, Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent and Lanaudière regions, and MNA for Berthier, as well as the Mayor of Amqui, Pierre D’Amours. This funding will allow the population of the region to have access to modern and safe facilities that will promote an active, healthy and inclusive lifestyle.
The new infrastructure will enable the Bas-Saint-Laurent region to create living environments that help attract families and workers, while at the same time fostering the local economic recovery. A total of over $2.2 million in funding will be used to build a double gymnasium in Amqui, with changing rooms and bleachers.
The Government of Canada is investing over $3.7 million in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Quebec is also investing over $3.7 million under its Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives [financial assistance program for recreational and sports infrastructure].