Châteauguay, Quebec, June 4, 2021 — At a time when the pandemic has brought the importance of a healthy population into sharper focus, the governments of Canada and Quebec are proud to support close to 200 recreational and sports infrastructure projects across Quebec. Thanks to these investments, Quebec municipalities will have accessible, modern and safe facilities, creating winning conditions for physical activity in our communities.
Today, Brenda Shanahan, Member of Parliament for Châteauguay–Lacolle, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Isabelle Charest, Quebec’s Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, announced more than $59.4 million in funding for projects in the Montérégie Region. For the occasion, they were accompanied by Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec’s Minister of Justice, Minister Responsible for the Montérégie Region and Member for Borduas, MarieChantal Chassé, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Economy and Innovation (Innovation) and Member for Châteauguay, Bruno Tremblay, Mayor of Beauharnois and President of the Régie Sports et Loisirs Beau-Château (RSLBC), Pierre-Paul Routhier, Mayor of Châteauguay and Treasurer of the RSLBC, and Joëlle Éthier, Executive Director and Secretary-Treasurer of the RSLBC. The funding will ensure that residents of the region have access to safe, modern facilities that promote active, healthy and inclusive lifestyles.
This new infrastructure will help the Montérégie Region to create living environments conducive to attracting families and workers, while stimulating local economic recovery. In particular, a total of more than $14 million in funding will be invested in the construction of an indoor aquatic complex in Châteauguay. The complex will include a sports pool with diving boards and a recreational pool. It will also have a fitness room, lifeguard spaces, locker rooms, two aerobics and dance rooms, a multi-purpose room, a healthy food space, a boutique, bleachers, an office for sports organizations, storage areas, mechanical and electrical rooms, a janitorial room, a parking lot and a drop-off area.
In Montérégie, the Government of Canada is investing a total of more than $29.7 million through the community, culture and recreation infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Quebec is also investing more than $29.7 million through the Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (financial assistance program for recreational and sports infrastructure).