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Quebec And Canada Government To Invest $2.7 Million Into Nord-du-

Today jointly announced Pierre Corbeil, the Quebec Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions and Member of the National Assembly for Abitibi-Est, acting on behalf of Michelle Courchesne, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development.

Requiring an overall investment of $2,739,826, this project will benefit from $1,352,825 in combined government financial assistance contributed in equal part by the government of Quebec and Canada, with the City of Chapais funding the remainder of the costs.

The project involves building a three-rink curling arena annexed to the Complexe sportif et récréatif de Chapais.

“I am extremely pleased for local residents, who will now have access to a modern and attractive facility for the practice of curling. This new infrastructure will also be accessible to the citizens of Chibougamau as well as to those of neighbouring Native communities. On the other hand, I am also very proud of the concerted efforts of our governments to bring about concrete improvements to the quality of life of the Nord-du-Québec population. This is yet another example of the positive results that can be achieved through collaboration,” stated Minister Corbeil.

“I am delighted that this funding will enable the municipality of Chapais to offer its citizens and those of nearby communities a brand new curling arena equipped with three rinks and safer, more efficient facilities. Playing sports with family or friends is not only fun, it also provides important health benefits. However, many of our recreational facilities are outdated and need to be renovated, if not entirely replaced, and that is why the Government of Canada introduced the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program. Through this initiative, $500 million will be invested over two years in the modernization of our sports and recreational infrastructure across the country,” added Minister of State Lebel.

The governments of Canada and Quebec signed an agreement to accelerate the execution of recreational infrastructure projects in Quebec over the next two years.

To that end, the Government of Canada will invest $37.4 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 last January, 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

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

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