CED grants $750,000 to the Micmac Nation of Gespeg to improve its community facilities and start its development.
GASPE, QC, May 16, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
Shared public spaces are at the heart of communities across Canada. They attract residents and visitors, supporting local businesses and jobs. In so many places across the country, these spaces have seen a significant reduction in use as Canadians have taken precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19.
Today, the Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED, and the Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, MNA for Gaspésie‒Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, announced funding not reimbursable contribution of $750,000 for the Micmac Nation of Gespeg. This support from CED, granted through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRCF), will allow the community to develop and improve outdoor spaces such as a greenhouse, a garden, a workshop, a cold storage community harvests, garden bins, a library, storage space for sports equipment, an enclosed playground, a shelter and a walking path.
The government of Canada recognizes that community spaces promote social interaction and physical activity and provide access to recreational programs and facilities. These amenities are integral to the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces.
“This is excellent news for the Micmac Nation of Gespeg, which will be able to begin its development by improving several of its outdoor facilities. This large-scale project will allow the community to come together to practice various recreational activities while preserving its culture and traditions. Our government is committed to the economic development of communities of all sizes, in all regions. We believe that when our communities are attractive, their economy thrives; investing in public spaces will help them grow and prosper.
The Honorable Pascale St–Onge, MNA for Brome–Missisquoi, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED
“Projects like this one from the Micmac Nation of Gespeg affirm the value of being together again. Our government is happy to give our communities the means to offer safe spaces where everyone will enjoy being together.
The Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, MP for Gaspésie‒Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue
“The Micmac Nation of Gespeg is very satisfied with the government of from Canada financial contribution to this infrastructure project which will have a positive impact on our community. The project will see the creation of a true center of Mi’gmaq culture, representing an ideal opportunity for our members to continue to reclaim the rich culture that is ours. These facilities will be spaces for the transmission of Mi’gmaq culture and traditions, through which we hope to nurture a sense of community between members here and elsewhere and establish close ties between our wisdom-bearing Elders and new generations. This project brings a burst of positivity to the community and will no doubt create momentum that I hope will bring a sense of optimism and future development opportunities.”
Terry ShawChief, Micmac Nation of Gespeg
- The CCRF was launched in June 2021. A total of $500 million was granted over two years to from Canada regional development agencies (RDAs), including $107 million for CED to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces Quebec. As public health restrictions ease, the government of Canada remains committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This will stimulate local economies, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Canadians. This funding helps communities:
- adapt community spaces and assets so that they can be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines, and
- build or improve community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage and explore their communities and regions.
- The CRFC is deployed as part of CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program (PDEQ).
- CED is a key federal partner in of Quebec regional economic development. With its 12 business offices, CED is there to support Quebec companies, support organizations and territories in the economy of tomorrow.
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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
For further information: Media Relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, [email protected]; Ariane Joazard-Bélizaire, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Sports and Minister Responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, [email protected]