SAINTE-AGATHE-DES-MONTS, QC – The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic communities and promoting Canadian and Quebec heritage.
David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides‒Labelle, and Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest over $965,000 to renovate and upgrade Le Patriote Theater.
This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The City of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts will also invest more than $965,000 to bring the total government and municipal investment to nearly $2.9 million.
Le Patriote Theater is a key performing arts venue known as the cradle of Quebec music. It was named the entertainment venue of the year at the last ADISQ gala for the Quebec recording, concert and video industries. The work will bring the building up to code with new sprinkler, heating and ventilation systems, insulation for the walls and roof, and new seats and flooring.
“It is by working in partnership that great things happen and the Government of Canada is proud to be a partner to the regions in maintaining their infrastructure. The rich history of the Le Patriote Theatre demonstrates that it’s possible to create synergies among cultural programming, economic growth and creating vital communities. With the work of all the artists working to develop this important cultural hub, Le Patriote will be able to continue developing this synergy for years to come.”
David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides—Labelle, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Our government is investing in communities to promote the development of quality infrastructure and improve access to culture throughout Quebec. Le Patriote enhances Sainte‑Agathe‑des‑Monts’ cultural offerings and the project will allow this important regional stakeholder to fulfill its role as a key player in the community. The work to adapt this major performing arts venue to contemporary needs is the result of tireless efforts by Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts officials and Ste.-Agathe-des-Arts, and I would like to thank them for this.”
Marie Montpetit, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language
“The Town of Sainte‑Agathe‑des‑Monts welcomes the financial support of the governments of Canada and Quebec for the renovation of this local institution with a reputation that extends far beyond the town limits. The theater’s contribution to economic, social and cultural development in the community is very important to us.”
Denis Chalifoux, Mayor of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
- The Small Communities Fund is a 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 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 2018-2028 Infrastructure Plan calls for nearly $7.3 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 over $14.3 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over this period.
Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
Quebec cultural heritage directory: http://www.patrimoine-culturel.gouv.qc.ca/rpcq/detail.do?methode=consulter&id=196967&type=bien