Pontiac residents will benefit from a new indoor public market thanks to the support of the Government of Canada

CED grants $151,000 to the Société agricole Chapeau for its project to build a public market and develop a community greenhouse.

ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES, QC, June 18, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Shared public spaces such as public markets are at the heart of communities across Canada. They attract residents and visitors, supporting local businesses and jobs. In so many places across the country, these spaces have seen significant fluctuation in use due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Today, Sophie Chateldeputy of Pontiacon behalf of the Honorable Pascale St‑Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED, announced a non-repayable contribution of $151000 for the Chapeau Agricultural Society as part of the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRFC). This financial assistance will be used to construct the building that will house the public market, currently located under a tent, and to develop a community greenhouse.

This flagship project aimed at facilitating access to quality agri-food products and improving services to farmers is at the heart of the revitalization plan for downtown L’Isle-aux-Allumettes. The new building and the new greenhouse offer opportunities to create a collective space accessible and adapted to its customers, whatever the weather.

The government of Canada recognizes that community spaces promote social interaction and physical activity. By providing better access to recreational programs and facilities, we contribute to the well-being of communities, families and individuals across the country. Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces.


“Our government has an eye on regional development, especially when the regions launch promising initiatives for their communities. The new interior space of the public market will make it possible to welcome customers despite bad weather and improve the services offered to partners and farmers. encourage people to come together, energize Pontiac community. This is great news for downtown L’Isle-aux-Allumettes!”

Sophie Chateldeputy of Pontiac

“Our support for the Société agricole Chapeau project demonstrates our government’s commitment to stimulating the economic development of communities of all sizes, in all regions. The construction work planned for the new public market house will undoubtedly boost the Pontiac community. I am also delighted that through this project, activities can be held whatever the weather and that promising events are resuming in the region. I am sure that producers, citizens and visitors will all be delighted. Bravo for this exciting project that supports the development of L’Isle-aux-Allumettes!”

The Honorable Pascale St‑Onge, MNA for Brome–Missisquoi, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for CED

“Thanks to CED’s financial support through the federal government’s Canadian Community Revitalization Fund, the Société agricole Chapeau and our entire community will benefit from new facilities for Marché Chapeau. They will create a healthy environment and a tourist destination of choice, in addition to improving our economic development in the region”.

Gene O’BrienPresident, Chapeau Agricultural Society

Fast facts

  • The CCRF was launched in June 2021. A total of $500 million was granted over two years to from Canada regional development agencies (RDAs), including $107 million for CED to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces Quebec. As public health restrictions ease, the government of Canada remains committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This will stimulate local economies, create jobs and improve the quality of life for Canadians. This funding helps communities:
    • adapt community spaces 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 CRFC is deployed as part of CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program (PDEQ).
  • CED is a key federal partner in of Quebec regional economic development. With its 12 business offices, CED is there to support Quebec companies, support organizations and territories in the economy of tomorrow.

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SOURCE Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

For further information: Media Relations, Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, [email protected]; Ariane Joazard-Bélizaire, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Sports and Minister Responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, [email protected]

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