Quebec City, Quebec, July 8, 2021 — The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing in 176 infrastructure projects to improve facilities at a number of post-secondary institutions in Quebec, including CEGEPs, universities, and specialized schools. These projects will enhance the sustainability and eco-efficiency of the facilities and ensure the well-being of the clientele and personnel of these institutions.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Danielle McCann, Minister of Higher Education, announced a total of $220 million in joint funding for these 176 infrastructure projects. The Government of Canada is investing over $144.3 million through the new COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Quebec is also contributing more than $75,7 million.
The projects funded aim to keep buildings in good condition. Several of them are intended to replace or bring up to standard the electrical, ventilation, air conditioning and heating systems of establishments. The sports facilities of several CEGEPs and universities will also be the subject of repair work to make the practice of physical activity safer.
The Government of Canada reallocated funds from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to introduce the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream. This temporary stream aims to facilitate and accelerate project funding to support efforts in response to the pandemic, and it provides a higher share of federal funding than other program streams, an increased number of eligible categories on an exceptional basis, and an expedited financing approval process for projects selected by Quebec.
The governments of Canada and Quebec continue to work together to support the well-being of communities in Quebec through strategic infrastructure investments that improve the communities’ quality of life and resilience while at the same time stimulating job creation and the economy.