Gatineau residents will benefit from improved urban parks thanks to support from the Government of Canada
CED grants $130,500 to the Outaouais Regional Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development (CREDDO) for planting trees in Gatineau’s urban parks.
GATINEAU, QC, October 27, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)
Shared public spaces such as parks are at the heart of our communities. They are important for residents and visitors, as well as for businesses that contribute to the vitality of our regions. The pandemic is leading us to rethink the organization of our public spaces and the Government of Canada has a strategic vision to create living environments where everyone can flourish.
Today, Greg FergusMember of Parliament for Hull–Aylmer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honorable Pascale St–Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED, announced a non-repayable contribution of $130.500 for CREDDO, provided through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRFC). The funding will be used to purchase and plant 300 trees in Gatineau’s urban parks.
In operation since 1990, CREDDO is one of 16 regional environmental councils in the regions of Quebec. Its primary mandate is to ensure consultation among Outaouais stakeholders on the region’s environmental issues. CED funding will be used to enhance urban parks to revitalize main streets and downtown areas; enhance outdoor spaces; and support green projects like the one in the City of Gatineau. The project is part of “Vivre en vert” [living in green] campaign whose goal is to prioritize the greening of vulnerable communities Gatineau to address the problem of urban heat islands.
The government of Canada recognizes that community spaces promote social interaction and physical activity. By providing better access to recreational programs and facilities, we contribute to the well-being of communities, families and individuals across the country. Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces.
“We are committed to regional development, which is why we support promising community initiatives. Thanks to the CREDDO project, the addition of trees in city parks will not only restore green spaces, but also provide a better living environment for Gatineau residents. and help promote community life. This federal funding is excellent news for the City of Gatineau.
Greg FergusMNA for Hull–Aylmer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and to the President of the Treasury Board
“Our funding of projects like CREDDO reflects our government’s strategic vision and commitment to supporting of Quebec communities. Hats off to the entire CREDDO team for this initiative, which both reduces greenhouse gases and creates pleasant shared spaces for Gatineau residents!”
The Honorable Pascale St.–Onge, MNA for Brome–Missisquoi, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED
“In addition to their ecological, social and economic benefits, trees are an important natural infrastructure for combating and adapting to climate change. This funding is great news as the City of Gatineau’s new urban forestry plan aims to improve the city’s canopy index. I would like to thank the government for Canada and all the partners, and I assure you that I intend to collaborate fully in the deployment of this initiative.”
France Bélisle, Mayor of Gatineau
“For several years, CREDDO has been working with local stakeholders to green Gatineau’s most vulnerable communities. Through this new project, we are proud to partner with the City of Gatineau, with the support of Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions. — increase the tree cover of our urban green spaces in order to improve citizens’ quality of life. Parks will play a key role in the resilience of our communities, which is why we need to start improving them now.
Benoît Delage, Managing Director, CREDDO
- The CCRF was launched in June 2021. A total of $500 million was granted over two years to from Canada regional development agencies (RDAs), including $107 million for CED to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces in Quebec. As public health restrictions ease, the government of Canada remains committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This will stimulate local economies, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Canadians. This funding helps communities:
- adapt community spaces and assets so that they can be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines; and
- build or improve community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage and explore their communities and regions.
- The CRFC is deployed as part of CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program (PDEQ).
- CED is a key federal partner in of Quebec regional economic development. With its 12 business offices, CED is there to support Quebec companies, support organizations and territories in the economy of tomorrow.
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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
For further information: Media Relations: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, [email protected]; Ariane Joazard-Bélizaire, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Sports and Minister Responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, [email protected]