DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX, QUE. — The governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest nearly $1.3 million to renovate, upgrade and expand Quebec’s Dollard-des-Ormeaux library.
Financial support for the project will be through the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component — Small Communities Fund. The City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux will also invest close to $1.3 million, bringing the total government and municipal investment to over $3.8 million.
Built 25 years ago, the Dollard-des-Ormeaux library needs updating to provide adequate services that meet the current needs of users, states a government release, as well as general renovations to modernize the building and make it more accessible.
The project will expand the space by 150 square metres, allowing the library to provide more books, audiovisual materials, computer terminals and seating. Special areas for youth will also be added as well as an outdoor garden.
“These upgrades will allow the library to host more cultural activities for all residents — activities we know will foster a sense of belonging and creativity while encouraging new users to frequent cultural institutions and bringing people together from all walks of life,” said Christopher Skeete, MNA for Sainte-Rose, on behalf of Nathalie Roy, minister of culture and communications, in the release. “It will become a social hub that encourages cultural outreach and supports the development of innovative public projects.”