DESCHAMBAULT-GRONDINES, QUE. — The governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest more than $407,000 to renovate and restore the old Convent of Deschambault in Quebec.
Funding for the project will come from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component — Small Communities Fund.
In Quebec, the fund is administered by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. The goal of the 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 safeguard public assets.
The Municipality of Deschambault-Grondines will also invest over $407,000 for this project, bringing the total government and municipal investment to over $1.2 million.
The work, which will be carried out on the roof and on certain parts of the facade, will help preserve the old convent, which is recognized as a heritage property under the Quebec Cultural Heritage Act, states a release.
This building will house non-profit organizations that serve local residents, such as the Ecole de musique Denys-Arcand and the municipal library.
“This investment will ensure the future of an important building from both a heritage and a community perspective,” said Gaston Arcand, mayor of Deschambault-Grondines, in a statement.
“It has been a place for knowledge transfer and musical creation since the 19th century. It all began with music taught by the Sisters of Charity and continues today with the Ecole de musique Denys-Arcand, which fulfils this mission with great enthusiasm.”