Centre de glaces Intact Assurance to open its doors August 28-29

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC — Quebec City has announced that the municipality's Centre de glaces will now be named Centre de glaces Intact Assurance as a result of a 10-year partnership agreement between the insurance provider and the Centre de glaces de Québec Management Corporation. The agreement was made public during a visit of the construction site on June 23, 2021.

The Centre de glaces Intact Assurance will open its doors on August 28 and 29 with two days of festivities that will allow the public to visit the state-of-the-art facilities.

The all new website was also put online at centredeglaces.ca.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Once completed, the Centre de glaces Intact Assurance will be a sports complex that includes the Sainte-Foy Sports Centre as well as the former Gaétan Boucher Oval. The combination of these two former venues will help create a single, large-scale facility with five ice surfaces.  

At the heart of the 400-metre oval are two Olympic-sized ice rinks, one for short track speed skating and another for figure skating, hockey and various other ice sports. A 465-metre athletics track with three lanes and windows all around surround it. There are also two North-American sized rinks located in the former Sainte-Foy Sports Centre.  

Centre de glaces Intact Assurance will therefore be the only building of this type in the Eastern part of North America; other indoor ice ovals are located in Calgary, Fort St. John, Milwaukee and Salt Lake City.  

Open House for the General Public on August 28-29

With work on the construction site moving ahead as planned, the Centre de glaces Intact Assurance is slated to open its doors on August 28 and 29. There will be an open house and celebrations on those two days, so that the general public can visit the facilities.  

More details on the celebrations will be released over the next few weeks by various means of communication, including Quebec City's website at ville.quebec.qc.ca.  

Several leisure activities to be featured during the 2021-2022 fall-winter season will be held. Programming details to that effect will be released on the city's website towards the end of August.   

Hours for free public skating for residents of the greater Quebec City area will be reserved – a minimum of 21 hours per week, including 14 during peak hours on the oval (weekday evenings and weekends) – and blocks of time will also be put aside for sports clubs. The same principles of accessibility to the general public will be applied for the walking and race tracks with reserved blocks of time.

Quotes

“The Centre de glaces Intact Assurance will stand out because of the quality of the facilities that will be available to the sports elite as well as to all citizens,pointed out Mr. Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City. It will become a site that is conducive to holding events on an international scale that will bring people together. Quebec City will have state-of-the-art facilities for the development of our future athletes. This makes me quite proud!  

I'm excited to see today to what extent construction has progressed at the Centre de glaces de Québec, which promises to become one of the most prominent sports centres in Canada. This project will allow athletes, families and all people who live in Quebec City to train, run or skate for pleasure in modern and safe facilities. I will surely come out myself to try it out for a lap or two,” said the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the province's Treasury Board and Quebec City MP, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.  

By linking its brand to this project, Intact Insurance will help promote a healthy lifestyle for all and support the development of passion and talent,” said Mr. Denis Servais, President of the Centre de glaces de Québec Management Corporation. We would like to thank all the stakeholders who have made this partnership possible. By sharing the same goals we have, Intact Insurance will allow our organization to fulfill its mission fully and in the long term.   

At Intact Insurance, we believe that it is important to get involved in the communities where we live and work. Our corporation presently has over 5,000 employees in the province of Quebec, including close to 700 people in the provincial capital. We are proud to join forces with the largest centre dedicated to ice sports on the American continent,” stated Jean-François Desautels, Senior Vice President of the Quebec Division and Digital Distribution at Intact Insurance. This partnership is also a great complement to the long-standing partnership we have with Speed Skating Canada.