$19 million to modernize health, social services and post-secondary education establishments in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

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Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, July 9, 2021 — Today, the governments of Canada and Quebec provided further details on 20 infrastructure projects that aim to maintain, upgrade, or modernize many health, social services and post-secondary education establishments in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Mrs. Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing of Quebec and Minister responsible for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region, have confirmed the allocation of $19 million to carry out these 20 infrastructure projects that will address needs caused by the pandemic, make long-term improvements to infrastructure, and improve the services offered to the population while stimulating economic recovery in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. The federal government is investing $13.7 million in these projects, while the Government of Quebec is contributing $5.3 million.

The announcement was made at Alma College, which will receive $727,585 to repair the windows of its main pavilion and courtyard awning, as well as to repair its exterior entrances. For its part, the Cégep de St-Félicien will receive $700,000 to repair the ventilation and air conditioning system in Block D.

Three other post-secondary institutions in the region will also obtain funding to maintain their facilities and ensure their sustainability. The same goes for a dozen establishments under the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center, which will also be able to upgrade or modernize their facilities.

These infrastructure projects are made possible through the COVID-19 Resilience stream that the federal government created within the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The purpose of this temporary stream is to facilitate the funding of projects to support efforts in response to the pandemic. The stream provides for a higher share of federal funding than other program components, an increased number of eligible categories, and an accelerated funding approval process.

The governments of Canada and Quebec continue to work together to ensure the well-being of Quebec communities through strategic investments in infrastructure that improve resilience and quality of life while stimulating job creation and the economy.


“Thanks to the collaboration between Ottawa and Quebec, this COVID-19 Resilience stream of the Investing in Canada Program will allow close to 20 organizations and institutions in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean to improve their infrastructure, equipment, and services. Young people, seniors, health and education workers, among others, will benefit every day.”

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“To address the effects of the pandemic, we need immediate investments in our public infrastructure that allow us to ensure the health and resilience of our communities while stimulating regional economies. That's why we expanded the Investing in Canada infrastructure Program and accelerated project approvals. With federal funding of $13.7 million, some 15 post-secondary education, health and social services establishments in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean will be able to improve and modernize their facilities. Canada’s infrastructure plan is investing in thousands of projects, creating jobs across the country and building cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Our government is proud to invest in health and education, which are priorities. The nearly $5.3 million invested will help renovate essential infrastructure for Quebecers throughout Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. This is also another example of the efforts we are deploying for the economic recovery of our regions!”

Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Minister responsible for the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region

“Beyond the context of the pandemic, we strive to make wise choices in terms of infrastructure for years to come in order to better meet evolving needs, everywhere in Quebec. Users deserve to receive care and services of the highest quality, in a safe and adapted environment, and this funding will support the realization of relevant projects in this direction."

Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services

“Higher education is a priority for our government and it will play a vital role in economic recovery. We are therefore committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for students and staff, and these investments will improve several facilities and higher education institutions in the region."

Danielle McCann, Minister of Higher Education

"This funding is great news for which we are truly grateful. Through these investments, nine of our facilities will benefit from modernization that will ultimately help improve care and services for our population."

Julie Labbé, President and CEO of the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Integrated University Health and Social Services Center

“At Alma College, we believe that one of the important factors contributing to a positive student experience is the environment. It must be pleasant, of high quality, and safe. The government's financial contribution is timely; allowing us to carry out projects that will actively contribute to improving our built environment.”

Josée Ouellet, Director General, Alma College

“I am particularly proud of the funding received by the federal government. These sums will allow work to improve ventilation and air conditioning in Block D and modernize the centralized controls of mechanical systems at the St-Félicien site. At the same time, changes will be made to the lighting network of the affected areas. This section of the building mainly includes offices for teachers of the departments of natural environment techniques, French, and tourism. In total, this project represents an investment of approximately $700,000.”

Sylvie Prescott, Director General, Cégep de St-Félicien

Quick facts

  • To support Canadians and communities during the pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience stream has been added to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and $33 billion has been reallocated across Canada to fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Certain program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.

  • Under the COVID-19 Resilience stream, the maximum federal contribution is 80% of eligible costs for projects led by the province, municipalities, and non-profit organizations, and 100% for projects led by Indigenous communities.

  • In Quebec, the funding of COVID-19 resilience projects is in addition to the approximately $7.1 billion that has already been invested in over 1,700 infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada Plan.

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Oliver Anderson
Director of Communications
Cabinet of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Marjaurie Côté-Boileau
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Health and Social services

Valérie Chamula
Communications Director and Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Higher education

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