The shorelines of the major parks on the Island of Montreal will be better protected from the erosion caused by extreme weather conditions, thanks to investments made by the Government of Canada in public infrastructures to protect communities and improve their quality of life.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Lieutenant of Quebec, and Ms. Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal, announced a major investment in the ecological rehabilitation of the shorelines of riverfront parks on the Island of Montreal, which are being threatened by accelerated erosion.
The project aims to rehabilitate and secure some 10 km of shoreline using bioengineering-inspired techniques, such as planting shrubs and vegetation, which will help better manage the impacts of erosion and protect shoreline ecosystems and communities. The preparatory work is scheduled to begin in 2021, and will target five major parks: the Cap-Saint-Jacques and Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard areas of Grand parc de l’Ouest; the Île-de-la-Visitation nature park; Parc de la Promenade-Bellerive; René-Lévesque park; and the former Lachine pleasure boating port.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $34.3 million in the project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF), and the City of Montreal is contributing $51.5 million.
“Climate change is causing severe weather to happen more frequently, and we need to help communities become more resilient to these events. The Government of Canada is helping Montreal better manage the risk of flooding by protecting 10 kilometers of urban shoreline in the heart of the city, while also creating greater access to outdoor green spaces that the ongoing pandemic has shown to be so essential to our physical and mental health. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities. ”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
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