The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic prosperous communities.
Frank Baylis, Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds–Dollard, and Christopher Skeete, Member of the National Assembly for Sainte-Rose, announced earlier this week that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest nearly $1.3 million to renovate, upgrade and expand the Dollard-des-Ormeaux library.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux will also invest close to $1.3 million, bringing the total government and municipal investment to over $3.8 million.
Built 25 years ago, the Dollard-des-Ormeaux library needs updating to provide adequate services that meet the current needs of users. As well as general renovations to modernize the building and make it more accessible, the project will expand the space by 150 square meters, allowing the library to provide more books, audiovisual materials, computer terminals, and seating. Special areas for youth will also be added as well as an outdoor garden.
“The City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux is happy to be getting this federal and provincial financial contribution, which has allowed us to reach the funding target we needed to redevelop our library. Our goal is to meet the needs of this “third place”—where our citizens can thrive and grow—not just in the short term but also over the next 20 to 30 years. We want to be as forward-thinking as possible about this project and thank the government for sharing this vision with us.” – Alex Bottausci, Mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux