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Canada and Quebec support construction and restoration of tourism infrastructure in Batiscan


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September 5, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

The governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest more than $130,000 in the construction of a multipurpose pavilion and the restoration of the maritime museum in Batiscan.

This financial assistance comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Batiscan will also contribute more than $130,000 for a total government-municipal investment of nearly $400,000.

“This investment will help make the Mauricie Region a place where families can get together and have fun. In addition to allowing the Municipality of Batiscan to preserve a historic building and offer tourist services to a greater number of visitors, this infrastructure will also have a unifying effect for future generations. Our government is proud to support projects that improve people’s quality of life while promoting economic growth and the creation of well-paid middle-class jobs,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice‒Champlain.

The purpose of this project is to move the tourist welcome centre and souvenir and handicrafts shop from Batiscan’s municipal wharf to a new building on an adjacent piece of land, and to restore the foundations of the municipality’s maritime museum (Office des signaux). Once completed, these facilities will better meet the municipality’s needs and promote tourism in Batiscan.

Quick Facts

  • The Small Communities Fund is a joint federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is administered by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to develop infrastructure that can enhance their cultural, sports, recreational, and tourism assets or safeguard public assets.
  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • Budget 2017 allocates $21.9 billion to support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
  • Quebec’s 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan calls for $7 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means $15 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over the next 10 years.

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada