Québec, June 7, 2017 – As he had promised to do in the declaration recognizing municipalities as local governments signed on December 6, 2016, the Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard, chaired the Table Québec-municipalités today.
At this meeting, which brought together representatives from the Fédération Québécoise des Municipalités, the Union des Municipalités du Québec and the cities of Montréal and Québec, many subjects were addressed, including the follow-through on parliamentary work related to Bill n°122, An Act mainly to recognize that municipalities are local governments and to increase their autonomy and powers.
Once again, we are demonstrating our willingness to redefine our relationship with municipalities to increase their autonomy and powers. We have taken the opportunity provided by this meeting to reiterate our desire to work in partnership with them, especially by establishing a mechanism for examining regional and local economic development. Quebec is undergoing profound changes. By working together, we will continue to transform the challenges of our time into opportunities for Quebecers all across Quebec.
– Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec
Municipalities and their local elected representatives are key partners in the economic and social development of our regions. The government must give them the support they need to develop even further. That’s why it intends to launch a thought process that will examine financial aid programs for infrastructure to better respond to municipalities’ needs.
– Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region
This meeting is one of a long list of commitments toward municipalities fulfilled by the current government. Among these commitments are:
- The presentation of the government action plan to lighten the administrative load of municipalities and the governmental policy for consultation and administrative simplification for municipalities;
- The adoption of Bill 110, An Act respecting the process of negotiation of collective agreements and the settlement of disputes in the municipal sector, which reformed the municipal framework for working relationships; and
- The formal recognition of municipalities’ status as local governments.
Summer 2017: $3 million for the completion of 148 projects to embellish school playgrounds
Quebec, June 5, 2017 – To enable the completion of 148 projects to enhance schoolyards throughout summer 2017 across the province, the Government of Quebec will allocate financial aid of nearly $3 million.
Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, made the announcement today during his visit to École Coeur-Vaillant-Campanile.
Under this program, this establishment will receive $25,000 for the installation of play structures and for field line marking. The Minister also took the opportunity to unveil the projects that are coming together in his riding of Jean-Talon.
We should specify that the financial aid announced is allocated as part of the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur’s schoolyard enhancement measure for the 2016-2017 school year. This measure enables the financing of various projects that school boards are implementing in partnership with the community, with the goal of offering students a physical environment that is stimulating, safe and suitable for physical activities.
The schoolyard is an important place for students since that’s where they come together to be active and have fun. We believe that participation in athletic or leisure activities promotes the feeling of belonging to the school, a key element in student retention. It is therefore essential that they have access to attractive and safe structures that will make them want to come to school. With this investment, we hope to offer them an environment that promotes educational success as well as a healthy, physically active lifestyle.
– Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Leisure and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine region
These investments are part of the 2016-2026 Québec Infrastructure Plan. For the year 2016-2017, today’s announcement brings the amount granted to $1.058 billion, notably for the renovation of schools, in addition to $533 million planned for the construction and expansion of schools (space-increasing measures) throughout Quebec.