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Federal and Quebec governments announce funds for small-town infrastructure projects

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Federal and Quebec governments announce funds for small-town infrastructure projects

RIVIeRE-AU-RENARD, QUE. — Infrastructure funding is on the agenda for recreational and tourism projects in Gaspe, Vercheres and Calixa-Lavallee in the province.

The project titled Gaspe, terre de rencontres is a tourist attraction featuring multimedia projections in downtown Gaspe. The project will reflect major events in the town’s history, emphasizing the historical involvement of indigenous, anglophone and francophone people, and showcase other major attractions in the greater Gaspe area.

The other tourism project will see development of facilities promoting the marine fishery heritage in nearby Riviere-au-Renard.

Together the builds were granted over $4.7 million in financial assistance from both the provincial and federal governments, broken down as follows: a $3-million contribution from Quebec’s ministere du Tourisme, Maritime Strategy — tourism component; two non-repayable contributions totalling more than $1.5 million from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions; and a $150,000 contribution from Quebec’s ministere de l’Economie, de la Science et de l’Innovation, granted through the Fonds d’aide aux initiatives regionals.

The tourism funding was announced earlier this month.

Meanwhile in Vercheres, the federal and provincial governments announced $191,000 for the construction of a service facility at Passe-Partout Park in the municipality. The building will include dressing rooms, washroom facilities, a multi-purpose room and a storage space.

The municipality will also invest more than $191,000, bringing the total government and municipal investment to nearly $574,000.

The two senior governments will also each invest more than $66,000 for the construction of a recreational service building in Calixa-Lavallee, which will include a dressing room for people using the outdoor skating rink, a multi-purpose room and a space for sports equipment storage.

The municipality will also invest more than $66,000, bringing the total investment to nearly $200,000.

The contributions for these two projects are being provided through the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Small Communities Fund is a joint federal‒provincial program co-ordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories.

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