The city will invest the sum of $8,722,735 in 57 projects intended to provide universal access to municipal infrastructures and improve the quality of life of seniors in 15 boroughs. These projects are made possible thanks to the Programme Municipalité amie des aînés et Accessibilité universelle – Montréal 2018-2020 (Senior-friendly Municipality and Universal accessibility Montréal 2018-2020), put forward under the Three-year Capital Works Program. The sums will be allocated over a period of three years.
At the end of 2017, the boroughs, the Service de la culture and Espace pour la vie were asked to submit a project aimed at offering more accessible and inclusive living environments. These investments are thus the fruit of joint efforts to meet this objective.
“Seniors will account for 20% of the population within the next 10 years, and together with people with functional limitations, they form an important part of our community. We also want to transform the city so that they can make the most of what it has to offer,” explains Ms. Rosannie Filato, the executive committee member responsible for social and community development, youth, the condition of women, and sports and recreation. “It's vital that our administration invest in the infrastructures and facilities needed to make their environment accessible and safe, while remaining pleasant and inclusive. These improvements will further help improve their quality of life and autonomy.”
Projects will be carried out in 15 boroughs and will include pedestrian signage and audible traffic lights, the construction of a mobile library, universally accessible games for children, adapted furniture, a collective kitchen, and a park rest area. Additionally, the Service de la culture will provide equipment to the Théâtre d'Outremont with the objective of facilitating the reception and participation of seniors in cultural activities. This equipment will include hearing aid systems and adapted seating. The city will also make the footpaths at the Espace pour la vie Chinese Garden universally acccessible.
The Côte-des-Neige ̶ Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Borough will receive a sum of $912,980 to execute the following projects:
• Improve the community halls at the Monkland Community Centre; • Secure intersections; • Purchase access ramps for the Kent and Confédération outdoor pools; • Install paths, lighting and accessible furniture at Parc Georges-Saint-Pierre. “I'm very pleased today to announce these efforts to optimize access to our facilities. These concrete projects are central to our mission to maintain and improve the quality of life of citizens of all ages and origins. Our wish is to offer seniors stimulating and dynamic living environments at all times, and to give them tangible means to stay active and engaged in our community.
With these investments, we hope to offer places to socialize, together with services as well as sports and cultural activities adapted to individual needs, based on the person's physical condition and tastes.
Thanks to these projects, our borough is reaffirming its intention to act in favour of a healthy borough,” said Ms. Sue Montgomery, Mayor of the Côte-des-Neige ̶ Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough.
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Source: Youssef Amane Press attaché for the executive committee Office of the Mayor and the executive committee 438-832-1221
Information: Sophie Landreville, communications officer Côte-des-Neige ̶ Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough 514-868-4018
Linda Boutin, public relations officer Service des communications, Ville de Montréal 514-872-6013