Canada and Quebec are helping preserve Quebec’s cultural heritage

News release

Notre-Dame-des-Anges, Quebec, August 23, 2019—The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that cultural infrastructure plays a key role in developing dynamic prosperous communities and promoting Canadian and Quebec heritage.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the French Language, today announced a joint investment to restore the stone wall surrounding l’Hôpital-Général de Québec.

This work will keep people and monastery residents safe from falling masonry, and help preserve the historical and architectural value of this monastic complex, classified as a heritage building under the Cultural Heritage Act.

The governments of Canada and Quebec and the parish municipality of Notre-Dame-des-Anges will each invest more than $866,000 in this project for a total government-municipal investment of some $2.6 million. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada-Québec Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund.

Quotes

“Investing in cultural infrastructure helps build strong inclusive communities. The restoration of the wall surrounding l‘Hôpital-Général de Québec will ensure our cultural heritage is protected for years to come. In addition to preserving the site’s historical value, this project will allow people to walk safely near the wall.”

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The project to repair the wall surrounding the Hôpital-Général de Québec, a classified heritage building under the Cultural Heritage Act, will enable us to preserve this heritage property for future generations. Our government is pleased to be investing in communities and quality infrastructure they can be proud of. I would like to thank all the partners involved in making this project a reality.”

Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for French Language

“We are delighted by this contribution from the governments of Quebec and Canada to repair the wall surrounding l’Hôpital-Général de Québec monastery. It began as a simple wooden palisade in the colony’s early days and was later replaced by a stone enclosure, which has been rebuilt and restored many times. This wall is part of Quebec’s heritage and has been a feature of the city’s urban landscape since the first monastery was erected here in 1620.”

Sister Hélène Marquis, a.m.j., Mother Superior of the Augustine monastery and Mayor of Notre-Dame-des-Anges 

Quick facts

  • 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 Housing. The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to develop infrastructure that enhances their cultural, sports, recreational and tourism assets or safeguards public assets.

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing 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 is supporting social infrastructure in Canadian communities.

  • Quebec’s 2019-2029 Infrastructure Plan calls for nearly $7.2 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means over $16.7 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over this period.

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Contacts

Ann-Clara Vaillancourt
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Tel.: 613-697-3778
Email: ann-clara.vaillancourt@canada.ca

Brigitte Roussy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications, and Minister Responsible for the French Language
Tel.: 418-380-2310

For information:

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Media Relations Team
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Annie LeGruiec
Media Relations Officer
Quebec Department of Culture and Communications
Tel.: 418-380-2363, ext. 7213


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