Canada and Quebec are investing in 209 infrastructure projects to modernize health, social services and long-term care facilities
Quebec City, Quebec, July 7, 2021 —The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing in 209 infrastructure projects to modernize, redevelop, and upgrade health and social services institutions in Quebec, including hospitals, residential and long-term care centres, local community service centers, and rehabilitation centres. These projects will address the needs arising from the pandemic, provide long-term infrastructure improvements and improve services to the population while fostering economic recovery across Quebec.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services, announced a total of $188,3 million in funding for these 209 infrastructure projects. The Government of Canada is contributing $144.3 million through the new COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Quebec is contributing nearly $44 million.
Several of these projects are aimed at modernizing or reconfiguring facilities at various hospital centres to optimize space and take into account physical distancing requirements and other post-pandemic realities. For example, at the Montreal Heart Institute, the ambulatory area will be redesigned to create a pre-triage zone to evaluate the condition of patients and their risk of contagion, and provide waiting rooms, washrooms and examination rooms. In other establishments, such as the Saint-Sacrement Hospital in Quebec City, the funding will be used to modernize specialized work areas to allow the hospital to integrate new medical equipment.
In addition, many multi-service centres, local community service centers, reception centres, and residential and long-term care facilities will receive funding to upgrade their electrical, ventilation or air conditioning systems, or to renovate common areas and washrooms to improve safety and well-being.
The Government of Canada reallocated funds from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to introduce the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream. This temporary stream aims to facilitate and accelerate project funding to support efforts in response to the pandemic, and it provides a higher share of federal funding than other program streams, an increased number of eligible categories, and an expedited financing approval process for projects selected by Quebec.
The governments of Canada and Quebec continue to work together to support the well-being of communities in Quebec through strategic infrastructure investments that improve the communities’ quality of life and resilience while stimulating job creation and the economy.
“To remedy the effects of the pandemic, we need immediate investments, especially in health infrastructure. Today, I am proud to announce federal funding of $ 144.3 million that will modernize more than 200 health and social services establishments across Quebec including hospitals, long term care facilities, and community service centres. This represents a federal investment of up to 80 percent of the eligible costs of the majority of projects. 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, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"This investment will support more than 200 projects, throughout Quebec, which aim to improve our facilities in order to offer the best environment and highest quality care and services to users. 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."
Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services
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 recipients.
In Quebec, the funding of COVID-19 resilience projects is in addition to the approximately $6.8 billion that has already been invested in over 1,300 infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada Plan.
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Office of the Minister of Health and Social services
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