Investing in Infrastructure: Federal Funding for the Complexe Sportif St-Raphael


Frank Baylis, Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds-Dollard, announced today that the Complexe Sportif St-Raphael in l’Île-Bizard has been awarded a grant of $424,964 from the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150).

The announcement was held jointly with Mr. Martin Coiteux, the MNA for Nelligan, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region, who also announced provincial funding for the Complexe.

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Through the federal and provincial funding partnership, the Complexe Sportif St-Raphael will be able to replace the ice skating rink refrigeration system, built originally in 1995, with a CO2 ice rink refrigeration system. This new system will be both more environmentally friendly and less costly for the Complexe to operate.

The CIP150 supports the renovation and improvement, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure. In Quebec, the program is delivered by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) through a call for proposals. The purpose of the funding is to support, as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the renovation, expansion or improvement of community and recreational infrastructure. They will help to create jobs, stimulate the economy, strengthen communities and celebrate Canada’s rich history and heritage.