The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic prosperous communities. The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Marilyne Picard, Member of the National Assembly for Soulanges, announced on Monday, February 18th the funding of a new library near Vaudreuil Station. The project consists of constructing a 3,000-square-metre new building including a social area, reception and service space, work areas, a section for youth, a creative laboratory and administration offices. This will give locals access to an innovative space with modern technology that meets their needs. The governments of Canada and Quebec, as well as the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion, will each invest more than $2.4 million, bringing the total government and municipal investment to more than $7.3 million. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund.
“Investing in cultural infrastructure helps build strong communities and support local economic growth. Thanks to this new library—which has three times the space of the old one—the City of Vaudreuil‑Dorion will be able to develop and diversify its services. Residents will enjoy a culturally open environment where they can gather and readers of all ages can make great discoveries.” – The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
- The Small Communities Fund is a federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is administered by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to develop infrastructure that enhances their cultural, sports, recreational and tourism assets or safeguards public assets.
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. $25.3 billion of this funding is supporting social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- Quebec’s 2018-2028 Infrastructure Plan calls for nearly $7.3 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means over $14.3 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over this period.