Schiefke announces federal investment in Vaudreuil-Dorion sports and leisure infrastructures


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Soulanges MP Peter Schiefke announces a federal government investment of $425,000 for two sports and leisure projects in Vaudreuil-Dorion as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program during a press conference at the Centre Multisports in Vaudreuil-Dorion on January 19.

Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon was on hand as Peter Schiefke, Member of Parliament for Vaudreuil-Soulanges and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth, announced a $425,000 investment by the Government of Canada to the city’s sport and leisure infrastructures, during a press conference at the Centre Multisports last Thursday, January 19.

The investment, which is part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, will see the government invest $275,000, half the price tag to create a new bidirectional bike path between Dumberry and Dollard Streets which will connect to existing paths in Vaudreuil-Dorion. The city will pay the remaining $275,000 cost.

Another $150,000 will be invested by the government for a new water playground at Parc de la Paix that will be accessible to all families, including children with disabilities. The two projects involve participation between the city, Animation Jeunesse Vaudreuil, and TRI-O-LACS.

Pilon said the federal government’s financial contribution to the new projects will further enhance the quality of life for its residents as part of the city’s expanding recreational infrastructure strategy that is meant to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.

“I’m very happy,” said Pilon. “The good thing with the Canada 150 program is that it’s concrete. We’re going to get money and we’ll be putting money in too. People will see these things done in the spring and be ready for summer and they’ll be for everyone. Not only that, these will be the first water games that will be dedicated to people with limited mobility and the elderly.”

Schiefke said he’s pleased to be able to contribute to programs that will improve the well-being of citizens. “I’m really excited about it,” Schiefke told Your Local Journal. “There are many reasons why people move to Vaudreuil-Soulanges but one of the main reasons is because they want active lifestyles, they want to be outside.

“This investment contributes to the lifestyle that we enjoy in Vaudreuil-Soulanges. Anything that does that makes me happy and anything that gets kids, families and even seniors outside to stay healthy and enjoy nature is something that I wholeheartedly support. These are two projects that do that,” he added.

Schiefke is also encouraging regional municipalities that haven’t already done so to submit their infrastructure investment applications as soon as possible. “I’ll give credit to Vaudreuil-Dorion; they were pro-active,” he said.

“The funding application for Canada 150 has been around for many years. They took it upon themselves to work with TRI-O-LACS and Animation Jeunesse Vaudreuil to say ‘let’s get as much of this funding as possible.’ When I saw that application, then it’s my job to fight for it to make sure we get the funding,” Schiefke added.

In the meantime, Schiefke said he’s continuing to work with municipalities, community groups, and other stakeholders to look into different funding models for their specific requisitions. “It takes a while. This is something that’s been in the works for quite some time. We’re definitely going to have more announcements this year, next year, and the year after,” he said.

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