Mount Royal, January 30, 2012 – The official launch of major construction work on the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library took place today in the presence of the MNA for Mont-Royal, Minister Pierre Arcand. Surrounded by mayor Philippe Roy and Town councillors, Mr. Arcand, who was standing in for his colleague Christine St-Pierre, announced the awarding of a large grant to the Town to fund a portion of the library renovation costs in connection with its planned expansion this year.
Last December, Town of Mount Royal was pleased to learn that the Department of Culture, Communication and the Status of Women would be awarding a $1.1 million grant toward the library’s renovation. As the process for obtaining the funding took longer than planned, at a time when work on the library was expected to be part of the Town’s centennial activities, receiving this good news on the very eve of the start of the 2012 celebrations was indeed something in itself to celebrate. All that remained was to make the official announcement.
The grant will help significantly reduce the Town’s financing costs for the library upgrade project. Despite the scale of the work to be performed, only 37% of the cost of the expansion will need to be financed, due to the government assistance obtained and also to use of the surplus accumulated by the Town.
More information on the expansion of the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library and the expected impact of the work on library users will be released in the coming months.