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Government announcement
11 April 2016

Minister Sébastien Proulx kicks-off renovation season in Quebec schools

Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, today announced that the government will invest more that 367 million dollars throughout 2016 to ensure the maintenance of schools.

Schools in poor condition and school closures are unacceptable. We cannot tolerate this situation. That is why our government, working with the school boards, will increase efforts to prevent, detect and correct problems in educational institutions. The more we make our schools safe and attractive, the more our young people will want to succeed.

– Sébastien Proulx

Montreal, April 11, 2016. – The financial aid will support, among other things, roof repairs, establishing buildings standards, replacement of doors and windows, improving heating systems and renovation of sanitary facilities. To date, 1,572 projects have been approved in some 1,000 buildings.

An investment of more than 127 million in the Greater-Montreal area

The Minister was in Montreal to announce the awarding of financial assistance of more than $127 million to school boards in the metropolitan area for 293 infrastructure projects in some 200 buildings.

The education of our youth is at the heart of our priorities. Students and staff of the Montreal school boards will see their environment improved through these investments. We want to offer everyone a setting conducive to education success.

– Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montréal region

The investments announced today are part of the Maintien des bâtiments et Résorption du déficit de maintien measures arising from the Quebec infrastructure plan. The government also announced in the 2016-2017 budget, an additional $700 million over the next three years to continue the renovation and improvement of educational institutions.

About Budget 2016-2017

Québec’s economic plan meets the challenges of tomorrow and seizes opportunities linked to the transformation of our society into a knowledge economy, and one that is more innovative and low carbon. The Government believes in the importance of education and higher education for the economic and social development of Quebec. This economic plan reflects Quebec’s core values of fairness, social justice and solidarity.