Laval will soon have a new central library, along with a center for artistic creativity, a $180 million project located down the street near the Montmorency metro station.
Mayor Stephane Boyer explained on Friday at a press conference that the project had been under discussion in Laval for more than 10 years.
“In addition to the library, there will be about fifteen cultural organizations on site,” he said.
According to the mayor, this investment is necessary because public spending on culture is less significant in his city than in the rest of the province: $59 per inhabitant, compared to $87 per inhabitant on average across Quebec.
Quebec is investing $44 million in the project
The city has already launched a call for bids to select the company that will design and build the building, which should be delivered in 2027.
On Friday, Minister of Culture and Communications Mathieu Lacombe announced the allocation of $44 million from the Quebec government for the project. The rest will be funded by the city of Laval. “For the government, it is important to help put books in the hands of children,” the minister stressed.
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