Gatineau residents to benefit from upgraded urban parks

eAwaz Local News

CED grants $130,500 to the Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais (CREDDO) to plant trees in Gatineau’s urban parks.

Gatineau – Shared public spaces such as parks are at the heart of our communities. They are important for residents and visitors, as well as for businesses contributing to our regions’ dynamism. The pandemic has led us to rethink how we organize our public spaces, and the Government of Canada has a strategic vision to create living environments where everyone can thrive.

Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull–Aylmer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of Pascale St‑Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for CED, announced a non‑repayable contribution of $130,500 for the CREDDO, provided through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF). The funding will be used to purchase and plant 300 trees in Gatineau’s urban parks.

In operation since 1990, the CREDDO is one of the 16 regional environmental councils in the regions of Quebec. Its primary mandate is to ensure consultation among Outaouais-region stakeholders regarding environmental issues in the region. CED’s funding will serve to upgrade urban parks with a view to revitalizing main streets and downtown cores; enhance outdoor spaces; and support green projects like the one by the Ville de Gatineau. The project is part of the “Vivre en vert” [living in green] campaign, the goal of which is to prioritize the greening of vulnerable communities in Gatineau in order to address the issue of urban heat islands.

The Government of Canada recognizes that community spaces promote social interaction and physical activity. By providing better access to recreational programs and facilities, we are contributing to the well-being of communities, families and individuals across the country. Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces.

“We are committed to developing regions, which is why we are supporting promising community initiatives. Through the CREDDO project, adding trees in the city’s parks will not only help restore green spaces, but will also ensure a better living environment for the people of Gatineau and help promote community living. This federal funding is great news for the Ville de Gatineau.” – Greg Fergus, MP for Hull–Aylmer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the President of the Treasury Board

“Our funding for projects such as the one by CREDDO reflects our government’s strategic vision and commitment to support Quebec’s communities. Hats off to the entire CREDDO team on this initiative, which helps both to reduce greenhouse gases and to create pleasant shared spaces for Gatineau’s residents!” – Pascale St‑Onge, MP for Brome–Missisquoi, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for CED