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Projects totaling more than $165M submitted to PAFIRSPA in the region

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The Do-Mi-Ski outdoor center would like to build a new, larger chalet.

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Competition will be strong in the region to obtain funding under the Financial Assistance Program for Recreational, Sports and Outdoor Infrastructure (PAFIRSPA) of the Government of Quebec.

Municipalities and other public organizations had until late Tuesday afternoon to submit an application for this program. For the entire province, more than 2,500 projects were submitted, including a dozen for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

The envelope for this program is $300 million. Financial assistance may reach 66% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $20 million. A maximum of $200,000 can be provided for outdoor infrastructure.

In Saguenay alone, three sports complex projects have been submitted.

The University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC) has submitted a request for the erection of an aquatic complex on campus at a cost of $42 million.

Open in full screen mode< p class="StyledImageCaptionLegend-sc-57496c44-2 sbxsP">The University of Quebec in Chicoutimi

The Riverside school located in Arvida wishes to build a two-level gymnasium with a wooden structure which would include also a library. The bill is also estimated at $42 million.

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In Chicoutimi-Nord, the Rives-du-Saguenay School Service Center submitted a $10 million project for the development of an athletics complex as well as synthetic soccer and football fields near the school Charles-Gravel secondary school. Other spaces would be included in the infrastructure.

Finally, the City of Saguenay hopes to receive money from Quebec for renovations to the centers of ski Mont-Fortin and Mont-Bélu, the Richard-Desmeules stadium and for the installation of flexible strips at the Georges-Vézina Center between now and the construction of a new amphitheater.

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The ice rink at the Center Georges-Vézina.

Lac-Saint-Jean also wants to get its share of the pie in this call for projects.

The most important project is that of the City of Roberval which wants to build a semi-Olympic swimming pool with six lanes valued at $19 million near the Student City.

We have been named the open water swimming capital of the world. We do not have a regulatory facility to hold competitions. We are a bit like the poor child of the area, admitted the director of the Roberval leisure department, Carol Martel.

Alma also hopes to bring a new municipal outdoor swimming pool to the Saint-Sacrement sector while Alma College wants to expand the locker rooms near the gymnasium of the 'establishment. These projects are estimated at approximately five million.

In Saint-Félicien, a project to modernize the main Tobo-Ski chalet was submitted as well as the development of a new ski lift. The cost of the bill could reach up to eight million. A request for the construction of a new four-million gymnasium at the Mgr Bluteau school was also sent.

Finally, the Do outdoor center -Mi-Ski hopes to obtain a subsidy for the construction of a new chalet worth 4.4 million.

With information from Mélissa Paradis

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