The Claire-Lazure municipal library of St-Michel will be enlarged and renovated thanks to a total investment of more than $ 740,000 shared equally between the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and the municipality of St-Michel, for a contribution of $ 246,772 each.
MP for Châteauguay-Lacolle Brenda Shanahan made the announcement with MNA for Huntingdon and provincial minister Stéphane Billette at the St-Michel Community Centre in the presence of more than 30 people.
This investment will almost quadruple the current size of the library while helping to enhance local heritage as the library is located in the former sacristy of the church. The work includes the replacement of doors and windows, the reinforcement of floors and roof, as well as the installation of an access ramp and a lift platform for people with reduced mobility.
The renovations will also improve the services, including the development of a reading area, computer spaces and a multipurpose room. Opening hours will also be increased up to 20 hours per week.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that investing in cultural infrastructure promotes community and economic growths. Thanks to its improved surface area and the modernization of its facilities, the library will improve the quality of services offered to the residents of St-Michel. This project will also contribute to enhancing local heritage and making Montérégie Ouest a region of choice for families. “, says MP Brenda Shanahan on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
“The people of St-Michel can rejoice because they will have better access to reading and culture in a more welcoming and spacious environment. The library, in a renewed version, will respond more adequately to the needs of the population and will become a hub of exchange conducive to innovative projects for the benefit of the greatest number. “, adds MNA and Minister Stéphane Billette.
The funding comes from the Small Communities Fund, a program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada, in partnership with the provinces. It aims to provide funding to municipalities with populations of less than 100,000 to support infrastructure that contributes to cultural, sporting, tourism and recreational development or the protection of public property.