Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund – Gaspesian British Heritage Village receives funding from Government of Canada

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New Richmond, Quebec, April 8, 2013 – The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced that the Gaspesian British Heritage Village has been granted financial assistance to upgrade its facilities.

“By supporting the renovation project of the Gendron General Store, the main welcome centre in the Gaspesian British Heritage Village, the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Minister Lebel.

The Gendron General Store is one of the 21 heritage buildings that make up the Gaspesian British Heritage Village. A crossroads of the English, French and Aboriginal cultures in Gaspésie, the Village provides community services year round. In addition to being an interpretive centre, the site hosts museum and outdoor activities as well as cultural events, among them the Bluegrass Music Festival in August.

The funding from Canada Economic Development will be used to carry out various work on the reception building, including re-roofing, reinforcing the foundations, upgrading the electrical and plumbing systems, replacing the doors and windows and modernizing the kitchen area.

“Our Government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security,” concluded Minister Lebel.


This financial assistance, granted in the form of a $338,919 non-repayable contribution, has been awarded through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

The CIIF has a nationwide budget of $150 million over two years, including $31.2 million to be invested in Quebec where the Agency is responsible for its administration. The Fund aims to support the rehabilitation and improvement, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure. The 2nd call for proposals is currently open; interested organizations may submit their proposals until April 30, 2013.

For more information, visit the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.

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Media Relations
Canada Economic Development
Tel.: 514-283-8818

Geneviève Sicard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Canada Economic Development
Tel.: 514-496-1282


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