5 Nunavik communities share $29 million for sports, recreation upgrades
Funds from federal, Quebec governments intended for facility repairs
Five sports and recreation building projects in Nunavik will receive a combined $29 million from the governments of Quebec and Canada.
Federal Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu announced June 17 that projects in Umiujaq, Kangirsuk, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quaqtaq and Kuujjuarapik will receive the funding to upgrade local recreation centres and sports arenas.
Hajdu said the federal government will contribute approximately $14.6 million through the community, culture and recreation infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
The provincial government will contribute the same amount through the financial assistance program for recreational and sports infrastructure, known as PAFIRS.
The breakdown of funding for each community is:
- Umiujaq: $4.2 million for community centre renovation;
- Kangirsuk: $6.1 million for community centre expansion;
- Kangiqsualujjuaq: $6.9 million arena renovation;
- Quaqtaq: $7.2 million for arena renovation;
- Kuujjuarapik: $4.6 million for construction of a service building and a new roof for the outdoor ice rink.
“During my tour of Nunavik’s northern villages, I quickly understood the importance of sport infrastructure for these communities,” said Quebec’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Ian Lafrenière, in a release. Lafrenière traveled to six communities in Nunavik in May.
“I am more than convinced that modernizing these facilities will be appreciated from the youngest to the oldest members in these communities.”