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$4.1 million in financial support going to the transformation of the Place des Canotiers in Quebec City

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The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced $4,135,193 in federal funding for the renewal of the provincial capital’s marine gateway.

The project will transform the old parking area on Dalhousie Street into a public square. Work includes the construction of a new multi-level parking area that will be concealed behind a wall inspired by the port’s 19th-century wooden wharves. Along this wall feature, a pathway will be built leading to a cantilevered look-out point with an unobstructed view of the Saint-Lawrence River.

“The Government of Canada is investing more than $120 billion in public infrastructure over the next ten years—including new funding for cultural projects—to better meet the needs of Canadians, strengthen the economy and build the Canada of the 21st century. It is thanks to these initiatives and projects like the Place des Canotiers that Quebec City will remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family,” said The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Shoi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Once complete, the work will allow the City to reclaim this historic area of Old Quebec—a UNESCO World Heritage site—and open up access to the river for residents and visitors.


The inauguration of the new Place des Canotiers is planned for May 2017 to coincide with the arrival of the Tall Ships as part of the 150-year celebration of Confederation.

The total project cost is up to $39 million. The Government of Canada’s contribution is being provided through the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. The Government of Quebec is contributing $26,864,597 to the project and the City of Québec is contributing $8 million.


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