The governments of Canada and Quebec are each investing over $31,000 towards the expansion and refurbishment of the Bristol library. The funding is coming from the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Bristol is also investing over $31,000 towards the project, bringing the total government and municipal investment to nearly $95,000.
The library will be moved into the town hall and expanded to 81 square metres. The refurbishment will involve tearing down walls, building partitions, replacing flooring, electrical and mechanical upgrades and painting. The library will have its own entrance, more space for books and a children’s area. The project will improve the quality of the library facility and allow it to extend its service hours.
“The government of Canada knows that investing in cultural infrastructure promotes community development and economic growth,” said William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, in a press release. “By providing a larger renovated space, the Bristol library will be able to improve its services for residents and more fully meet its educational and social mandates.”