Minister Pascale St-Onge announces Canadian government support for Ville de Forestville

Forestville, Quebec, May 11, 2022 – Canada Economic Development for the Regions of Quebec (CED)

Shared public spaces are at the heart of communities across Canada. They attract residents and visitors alike and support local businesses and jobs. In so many places in the country, the use of these spaces has declined significantly as Canadians have taken precautions to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Today the Honorable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister in charge of CED, is announcing a non-refundable $500,000 contribution to the Ville de Forestville. This CED support, provided through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), will enable the city to upgrade its outdoor community pool and replace a wading pool with a water play structure.

The Government of Canada recognizes that communal spaces promote social interaction and physical activity and provide access to recreational programs and facilities. These facilities are integral to the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces.


“These new plans are excellent news for the Forestville community. They will improve the city’s outdoor spaces and help develop the downtown area. This initiative demonstrates our government’s commitment to support economic development in communities of all sizes, in every region. And as Minister of Sport, I am especially pleased with the improvements to the swimming facilities. I hope that the renovated pool and the new water play structure will inspire many residents to use it and get some exercise!”

The Honorable Pascale StOnge, Member of Parliament for Brome-Missisquoi, Minister for Sports and Minister in charge of CED

“We are grateful and recognize how important this financial contribution from CED is in revitalizing our infrastructure and center, and for our entire community. This contribution will no doubt help us complete urgently needed renovations and improvements to our outdoor water facilities. But beyond these material considerations, this contribution goes much further in conveying a vision of the future, allowing our community to thrive and training younger generations, and providing new opportunities to play sports and participate in physical activity in our community.

Micheline Anctil, Mayor of Forestville

Quick Facts

  • The CCRF was launched in June 2021. A total of $500 million has been awarded to Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) over two years, including $107 million for CED to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces in Quebec. As public health restrictions ease, the Canadian government continues to invest in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This, in turn, will boost local economies, create jobs and improve Canadians’ quality of life. This funding helps communities:
    • adapt common areas 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 CCRF is deployed as part of CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP).
  • CED is an important federal partner in Quebec’s regional economic development. With its 12 corporate offices, CED is on hand to guide companies in Quebec and support organizations and regions with tomorrow’s economy.

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Ariane Joazard-Belizaire
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Cabinet of the Minister of Sports and the Minister responsible for

Canada’s Economic Development for Quebec Regions
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