$20M in aid for a new arena in Sept-Îles: the project will indeed go ahead

$20M in aid for a new arena in Sept-Îles: the project will indeed go ahead
$20M in aid for a new arena in Sept-Îles: the project will indeed go ahead

The announcement of a $20 million grant from the Quebec government for a new arena in Sept-Îles is greeted with joy and a hint of relief by the municipality.

“This financial assistance from the Quebec government allows us to confirm that we are indeed moving forward with the construction of a new arena, and the sooner the better!” says Denis Miousse, Mayor of Sept-Îles.

“We knew that the file we had submitted to PAFIRSPA (Financial Assistance Program for Recreational, Sports and Outdoor Infrastructure) was very solid and well documented, but we also knew that hundreds of projects had been submitted throughout Quebec and that the overall envelope was limited,” he adds.

Despite the $20 million in aid, the City of Sept-Îles is still looking for funding. The mayor is inviting large businesses in the area to “make a financial commitment to this major project, which will be an additional asset to attract and retain families and workers in the region.”

The municipality points out that this project is more than necessary given the state of the Conrad-Parent arena, whose systems and equipment are completely obsolete.

“With each new breakdown or malfunction of the refrigeration system, we wonder whether it will be possible to repair it or whether we will have to close the arena and deprive hundreds of young athletes of their activities,” says Noémie Gauthier, Director of the Recreation and Culture Department for the City of Sept-Îles.

The mayor of Sept-Îles concluded by thanking the Minister of Employment and MNA for Duplessis, Kateri Champagne Jourdain.

“From the beginning, Ms. Champagne Jourdain believed in the importance of a new arena in Sept-Îles, to keep our communities active and allow for unifying events to be held,” emphasizes Denis Miousse.

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