Nearly $70 million will be invested by the federal and provincial governments in 10 recreational and sports infrastructure projects in the greater Montreal area. The 10 projects will undergo renovations, upgrades, or expansion in order to support communities in increasing access to physical activity — whose importance has been highlighted during the pandemic.
The announcement was made on May 3, 2021, by Isabelle Charest, Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women; and Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
“More than ever, we are becoming aware of the importance of being active. That is why we are implementing ways to allow Quebecers to move more, Charest said. “Access to modern, quality sports and recreational infrastructure is a strong incentive to encourage regular physical activity. These projects will have a real impact on the quality of life of families and the vitality of our communities.”
— Infrastructure Canada (@INFC_eng) May 3, 2021
Quebec and Ottawa will set aside a total of $20 million for the renovation and rebuilding of the Gadbois Recreation Centre in the Sud-Ouest borough, and more than $6 million for renovations and expansion of the Trenholme Sports Centre in Cote des Neiges/N.D.G. Other projects include the rehabilitation and redevelopment of Edward J. Kirwan Park in Cote St. Luc, rehabilitation of the Joseph Paré pool and wading pool in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, and rebuilding the Sports and Recreation Centre in Montreal West.
The remaining five projects:
- Installing sports and recreational facilities in the old Ste. Brigide church for the Association Les Chemins du Soleil
- Upgrading the Saint-Jean-Vianney Sports Complex in Montreal
- Upgrading the Dollard-St. Laurent Arena in LaSalle
- Refurbishing the soccer fields at Hébert Park in St. Leonard
- Partially rehabilitating and upgrading the Patro le Prevost Centre in Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
Federal and Provincial investments
Ottawa’s funding comes from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), which will provide approximately $35 million through its Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream. Through the ICIP, the federal government is investing more than $7.5 billion in Quebec between 2018 and 2028 in community, cultural and recreational infrastructure projects, as well as green infrastructure, public transit, and infrastructure in rural and northern communities.
Quebec’s $35 million portion is provided through the Recreational and Sports Infrastructure Financial Assistance Program (Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives – PAFIRS). The objective of PAFIRS is to provide access to safe and quality recreational and sports infrastructure for all Quebec residents.
“Like everywhere else in the province, the Montreal Region deserves modern and safe sports and recreational facilities that meet the needs of families and athletes,” said Chantal Rouleau, Minister Responsible for Transport, Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montreal Region and MNA for Pointe-aux-Trembles. “That is why I am very pleased to announce these investments for 10 projects that will benefit the entire community. Access to this infrastructure is an important asset for promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.”
The municipalities and other partners will be contributing an additional $85 million in addition to the matching funds from Ottawa and Quebec.