Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

June 08, 2009 16:42 ET

A Canada-Quebec Partnership to Benefit Quebec Cities

Water and Wastewater Pipeline Renewal Program (PRECO)

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - Canada's Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and Quebec's Deputy Premier and Quebec Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that a first group of 22 Quebec municipalities will benefit from $15,802,500 under the federal-provincial agreement pertaining to the water and wastewater pipeline renewal program, le Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potable et d'egout (PRECO), which will create jobs and stimulate the economy. With municipal contributions, investments totalling $23,703,750 will enable the completion of important infrastructure work.

"Through the federal contribution to PRECO, the Government of Canada will create jobs and boost the economy," said Minister Paradis. "Our government is investing $936 million from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for Quebec projects, of which $350 million will be for PRECO, to revitalize water and wastewater pipelines throughout Quebec."

"These investments will give many municipalities the opportunity to ensure the sustainability of water and wastewater infrastructure in their areas, and to protect and improve the quality of life of their citizens. PRECO will encourage job creation and stimulate the economy, leading to the sustainable development of a prosperous Quebec," added Minister Normandeau.

This announcement comes nearly two months after the signing of the Canada-Quebec PRECO agreement on March 26, 2009, by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, and the Premier of Quebec, Mr. Jean Charest, which demonstrates the speed with which the federal and provincial governments are implementing this program. The PRECO agreement is possible due to a joint contribution from Canada and Quebec of approximately $700 million. With municipal contributions, over $1 billion will be available for projects that will be completed in the next two years.

PRECO is a simple and innovative program that will enable Quebec municipalities to repair or replace water and wastewater pipes. Investment priorities will be determined by the municipalities based on a plan of action that they will submit to the Quebec Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy. The municipalities themselves are responsible for choosing between the repair or replacement of the pipes, which enables them greater autonomy. The underground pipeline network for all Quebec municipalities spans more than 80,000 km at an estimated cost of over $60 billion.

The Government of Canada's contribution to PRECO comes from the new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan announced in the January 2009 Budget. The federal government set aside up to $350 million of this fund for projects approved through PRECO.

The $350-million contribution from the Government of Quebec is part of the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan Quebecois des infrastructures, which was expanded in January 2009 and now includes an investment of almost $42 billion for renewing existing infrastructure throughout Quebec over the next five years.

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Municipalities funded by the federal and provincial governments under the terms of the water and wastewater pipeline renewal program, le Programme de renouvellement des conduites d’eau potable et d’égout (PRECO)

Below is the list of 22 Municipalities receiving a governmental assistance of $15,802,500:

- Village of Saint-Célestin

- Municipality of Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover

- Parish of Saint-Prosper

- Municipality of Saint-Paul-de-Montminy

- City of Saint-Pamphile

- Municipality of Sainte-Croix

- City of Sainte-Julie

- Municipality of Saint-Germain-de-Grantham

- Municipality of Weedon

- City of Saint-Hyacinthe

- City of Dorval

- City of Saint-Césaire

- Municipality of Saint-Victor

- City of Prévost

- Municipality of Saint-Henri

- City of Lachute

- Parish of Sainte-Geneviève-de-Berthier

- City of Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier

- Parish of Saint-Gilbert

- City of Notre-Dame-des-Prairies

- City of Laval

- Municipality of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges

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Contact Information

  • Infrastructure Canada
    Office of Canada's Minister of Public Works
    and Government Services
    Margaux Stastny
    Assistant Director of Communications
    Office of the Quebec's Deputy Premier and
    Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions
    and Land Occupancy
    Christian Tanguay
    Press Secretary