A Canada-Quebec Partnership to Relocate the Lorrainville Library
A joint contribution totalling nearly $500,000
Lorrainville, Quebec, October 29, 2010 – The residents of Lorrainville will benefit from joint federal-provincial funding for the relocation of the municipal library to the former fire station. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, and Daniel Bernard, Member of the National Assembly for Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue, on behalf of Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women. Philippe Boutin, Mayor of Lorrainville, was also present at the news conference.
Promoting the development of our cultural institutions is important to our government," declared Minister Paradis. "
The relocation of the municipal library will allow the residents of Lorrainville to count on a better and more efficient building, while preserving this cultural asset that is the former fire station. In contributing to this project, the Government of Canada is creating jobs and is helping to bolster our cultural institutions."
In addition to offering a functional and attractive library to its residents, the Municipality is contributing to the safekeeping of the fire station, which is a heritage building. The numerous services offered by libraries play an important role in rural communities since they are often the main contributors to the personal development and cultural vitality of these communities," declared MNA Daniel Bernard.
With the joint contribution of $497,200 from the governments of Canada and Quebec, as well as a contribution of $100,000 from the Municipality, this project, with a total eligible cost of $597,200&nsp;, will allow the municipal library to be relocated to the former fire station. This arrangement will be permanent and will contribute to the protection of a cultural asset. The library is currently located in the basement of the municipal office, in a constrained and out-dated space. The new site will give residents a fully accessible and functional library, which will encourage new members as well as people with mobility needs to visit.
The Government of Canada's contribution of $199,000 comes from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. As part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, this $4 billion fund is providing funding for approximately 4,000 infrastructure projects across the country.
The Government of Quebec's $298,000 contribution is being made under Quebec's infrastructure plan, le Plan québécois des infrastructures, which was enhanced in January 2009 and will provide nearly $42 billion for infrastructure renewal in Quebec over the next five years. Of that amount, $1.2 billion has been earmarked for cultural facilities.
For more information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
Director, Policy and Communications
Office of Canada'sMinister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
Office of the Minister of Culture,Communications and the Status of Women
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