Quebec City — The governments of Canada and Quebec are working together to provide Quebecers with access to safe and sustainable facilities that promote recreation and sports in our communities.
Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, along with Isabelle Charest, the Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, announced more than $29 million in funding for five sports and recreation projects in the Nord-du-Québec region in the northern villages of Umiujaq, Kangirsuk, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quaqtaq and Kuujjuarapik.
To support these projects, the Government of Canada is providing $14,614,050 through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), and the Government of Quebec is investing $14,614,050 under the Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives (PAFIRS). This new infrastructure will contribute to the vitality and development of these communities.
“Our government’s investments in sports and recreation infrastructure help build strong and vibrant communities that are great places to live. The projects announced today will help promote an active and healthy lifestyle in five Indigenous communities in the Nord-du-Québec region. These projects will also boost the region’s economic vitality by creating good jobs.” – Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, on behalf of Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
“Access to modern, high-quality sports and recreation infrastructure is a priority for our government. We provide Quebecers with high-quality facilities offering a wide variety of activities and equipment. This helps keep the entire population in good physical and mental health. I am very proud that we will have new, modern, purpose-built facilities once again to meet the needs of the entire community.” – Isabelle Charest, Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
“During my tour of Nunavik’s northern villages, I quickly understood the importance of sport infrastructure for these communities. I am delighted with the major investments that enabled the completion of these five projects. It’s well known that access to sports and recreation activities in high-quality facilities is a determining factor in achieving a healthy, physcially active lifestyle. I am more than convinced that modernizing these facilities will be appreciated from the youngest to the oldest members in these communities.” – Ian Lafrenière, Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Member for Vachon