Inauguration of Disraeli Beach Park’s new facilities
Canada-Quebec investment of nearly $600,000
Disraeli, Quebec, February 4, 2012 – Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region and Member of the National Assembly for Frontenac, took the opportunity of the inauguration of new facilities at Disraeli’s Beach Park to note that the City of Disraeli received $592,424 in joint government funding under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund – Quebec for the execution of this project. Although unable to attend the ceremony, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport. Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, hailed the completion of this major infrastructure project.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to have lent its support to this project, as it will improve the quality of life of Disraeli residents, who will now have access to safe and modern facilities to practice their favourite sports and activities,” stated Minister Paradis.
“It is with pride that I take part in today’s inauguration of the new chalet and year-round skating rink at Beach Park in Disraeli. Our government’s support for this important project for the people of Disraeli demonstrates its commitment to ensure that the province's municipalities have infrastructure that suits their unique realities, while fostering sustainable development. These new installations will help improve community facilities as well as the quality of life for residents by encouraging them to be active throughout the year. The government is moving forward to leave Quebec’s municipalities a legacy of quality infrastructure with which to face the challenges of the future,” added Minister Lessard.
Due to the acquisition of new land by the City of Disraeli, changes were made to the work originally planned for this project. The government funding therefore allowed, among others, for the construction of a nearly 168 square-metre chalet and a four-seasons skating rink of approximately 1,000 square metres in Beach Park, which borders Lac Aylmer. Other project work included repairing the badly-leaking roof of the arena, rebuilding the adjacent parking lot to make it safe and usable throughout the year and installing children’s play structures in Dion Park.
Disraeli residents now have access to new facilities where they can participate in sports and physical activity year-round.
Completion of this project necessitated an overall eligible investment of $888,637 under the BCF-Q. The governments of Quebec and Canada each contributed $296,212 toward the project, for a total of $592,424 in joint government funding, with the City of Disraeli investing the remaining $296,213.
In order to complete the various infrastructure work, the project also benefited from an additional Investment of $242,943, including $148,106 from the Programme d’infrastructures Québec-Municipalités of the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, and $94,837 from the City of Disraeli. This other contribution from Quebec comes on top of the funding awarded under the BCF-Q, bringing the total cost of the project to $1,131,580.
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.
The contribution from the Government of Canada was awarded through Canada’s Economic Action Plan. To learn more about this plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
For further information on the Government of Quebec’s Quebec Infrastructure Plan, see www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca.
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