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Building Canada Fund – Quebec, Communities Component

Sainte-Marie, Quebec, October 31, 2009 – Acting on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Member of Parliament for Beauce, today joined Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, in announcing the awarding of $242,998 in joint government funding to the Société historique de Nouvelle-Beauce Inc. under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund – Quebec for infrastructure work aimed at retrofitting the Musée de l’aviation in the Beauce region.

The project’s priority work involves erecting a museum to house aviation museum artefacts by installing a new prefabricated steel building on the cement base of the existing hangar, and construction of a welcome bureau and a comfort station. These improvements and the increase in artefacts will help the museum attract a new clientele interested in these historical memorabilia—which will include such large artefacts as planes, motors and aircraft skis—and make the displays more interactive. With more artefacts on view, the historical society, Société historique de Nouvelle-Beauce Inc., will be able to better promote this unique museum, the only Francophone centre dedicated to aviation pilots in Quebec and Canada.

“By funding the retrofit of the Musée de l’aviation, we are helping to increase museum attendance. And by highlighting the contribution the daring Beauce pilots made to Canadian aviation, we are helping to keep the heritage of the region alive and supporting a community whose collective memory has woven closely-knit ties. The importance of modern public facilities is a well-established fact. The Government of Canada is proud to be able to offer its citizens the high level of quality of life for which our country is famous. That is why we have implemented a vast action plan to stimulate job creation while ensuring the renewal of municipal infrastructure,” stated the Honourable Maxime Bernier.

“In supporting this project, the Government of Quebec is hoping these facilities will make people more aware of the importance of the history of aviation and incite our youth to take an interest in the field and its future prospects in Quebec. Therefore, this morning we are announcing an investment in redeveloping the Musée de l’aviation by installing a new facility in which to preserve and display all the aviation artefacts, thereby drawing a new clientele and safeguarding and promoting the historic heritage of the Beauce region in Quebec. The retrofitted museum will have a direct impact on the local and regional economy, while revitalizing community life in the area and renewing collective infrastructure within a context of sustainable development,” explained Minister Lessard.

The Société historique de Nouvelle-Beauce Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the achievements of seven prominent Beauce aviators who made a significant contribution to Quebec and Canadian aviation at the turn of the 20th century. Based in Beauce, more specifically in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, since 1988, the Musée de l’aviation is set up on the second floor of a century-old house. On the ground floor, four rooms are dedicated to the seven aviation pilots, and upstairs, visitors can take in an exhibition on Doris Lussier’s famous character, Père Gédéon.

Outside the museum, other attractions await visitors, including monuments honouring the aviators, a stand of maples, a sugar shanty, a vegetable garden and flower gardens.

Completion of this project will necessitate an overall eligible investment of $364,499. The governments of Quebec and Canada will each contribute $121,499 toward the work, for a total of $242,998 in combined government funding, while the Société historique de Nouvelle-Beauce Inc. will, for its part, invest $121,501 in the project.

The Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund – Quebec is a cost-sharing initiative aimed at funding infrastructure projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants. These communities are thus able to use this assistance to improve infrastructure that is in major need of revitalization, including water treatment plants, water supply systems and cultural and sports centres.

An unprecedented funding commitment on the part of the Government of Canada, the Building Canada Fund – Quebec provides stable and predictable funding to support infrastructure projects. In Quebec, nearly $4 billion will be allocated to that end.

The contribution from the Government of Canada has been awarded through Canada’s Economic Action Plan. To learn more about this plan, visit

For further details on the Building Canada Fund – Quebec or the process for submitting a funding application, see and

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Simon Bachand
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Canada Economic Development
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