Canada and Quebec support expansion of tourism infrastructure in Brownsburg-Chatham

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The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that tourism infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic, prosperous communities and preserving Canada’s diverse heritage.

Stéphane Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Argenteuil-La Petite-Nation, and Yves St-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest $110,000 in the expansion of Brownsburg-Chatham’s municipal marina.

This financial assistance comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The City Brownsburg-Chatham of will also contribute $110,000 for a total government-municipal investment of over $330,000.

The project consists of expanding the municipal arena located on the banks of the Ottawa River to meet the growing demand for dock rentals. More than 100 new spaces will be created, including 20 to be reserved exclusively for visitors. The financial assistance will be used to install these 20 new spaces.

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“The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure support economic development and create middle-class job opportunities. The expansion of the marina will encourage the development of recreational and tourism activities while helping promote the maritime heritage of the Laurentians. This project will also help make Brownsburg-Chatham a location of choice for families in the years to come.”

Stéphane Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Argenteuil-La Petite-Nation, on behalf of the Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Our support for this infrastructure project demonstrates once again the Government of Quebec’s desire to help this sector grow in the Laurentian region. I applaud the initiative of Brownsburg-Chatham, which will welcome many more visitors to the region, and I encourage the tourism industry to develop further promising, interesting projects to stimulate the regional economy and make Quebec a more attractive tourist destination.”

Yves St-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, on behalf of Julie Boulet, Minister of Tourism and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region

“The Municipal Council would like to extend its sincere thanks to the federal and provincial governments for their contributions to the municipal marina expansion project. This project will allow us to contribute to the development of Brownsburg-Chatham and to the economic development of the Argenteuil region. The profits generated over time by this project will benefit all our citizens.”

Catherine Trickey, Mayor of Brownsburg-Chatham

Quick facts

• The Small Communities Fund is a joint federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is administered by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to develop infrastructure that can enhance their cultural, sports, recreational, and tourism assets or safeguard public assets.

• The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

• $25.3 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.

• Quebec’s 2017–2027 Infrastructure Plan calls for $7 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means $15 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over the next 10 years.