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Canada-Quebec Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program Agreement

Plessisville, Quebec, April 16, 2010 – The governments of Quebec and Canada will be partnering with the Bois-Francs school board and City of Plessisville to build a new sports park in Plessisville, today jointly announced the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, and Claude Bachand, Member of the National Assembly for Arthabaska, acting on behalf of Michelle Courchesne, Quebec Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports.

Necessitating an overall investment of more than $650,000, this project will be carried out thanks to nearly $320,000 in combined government funding contributed in equal part by the governments of Quebec and Canada, with the City of Plessisville investing the remainder of the funding. The Bois-Francs school board, which owns the land slated for the new sports infrastructure, will sign a service agreement with the City allowing community access to the park.

The project mainly involves laying a softball field, equipping the soccer field with a lighting system and relocating and renovating the beach volleyball courts. The site already includes an arena, 400-metre running track and several areas for the practice of soccer, beach volleyball, petanque and flag football.

“Many of our recreational facilities are outdated and in need of renovation. But restoring public infrastructure entails costs that municipalities and school boards are unable to assume on their own. That is why the Government of Canada introduced the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program, through which $500 million will be invested over two years in the modernization of our sports and recreational facilities across the country. I am delighted to see this project come to fruition in that it promises to improve quality of life for the entire Plessisville community,” stated Minister Paradis.

“With this new park development, La Samare high school is sure to become a veritable hub of sports activity. I am pleased that our two governments are supporting the school board on this project. By joining forces in this way, we are demonstrating our shared commitment to encouraging the greatest possible number of people to get physically active,” added Claude Bachand.

The governments of Canada and Quebec signed an agreement to accelerate the execution of recreational infrastructure projects in Quebec by March 31, 2011. To that end, the Government of Canada will invest $76 million and the Government of Quebec at least that amount in recreational infrastructure projects carried out in cost-sharing partnership with municipal administrations or local organizations. These investments are thus expected to generate greater financial leverage, as is the case with the other infrastructure programs.

The funding announced today has been awarded through the Programme de soutien aux installations sportives et récréatives of the Government of Quebec’s Fonds pour le développement du sport et de l’activité physique and through the Government of Canada’s Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program.

About the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program

Established under the economic action plan adopted by the federal government in January 2009, the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program is aimed at stimulating immediate economic recovery and reducing the short-term impacts of the global recession. Government investment in this area will help create new jobs and improve the population’s health and quality of life. For more on this plan, see www.actionplan.gc.ca.

About the Fonds pour le développement du sport et de l’activité physique

The Fonds pour le développement du sport et de l’activité physique was created by the Government of Quebec to ensure all of the province’s regions access to new and improved sports facilities in order to promote healthier lifestyles among their populations. For further details on this initiative, visit www.mels.gouv.qc.ca.

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Sources:

Tamara Davis
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports
Tel.: 418-644-0664

Chantale Marchand
Press Secretary
Office of the MNA for Arthabaska
Tel.: 819-758-7440

Simon Bachand
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Canada Economic Development
Tel.: 613-996-6236

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