Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

July 24, 2009 10:30 ET

Canada-Quebec Base Fund Agreement: $2.8 Million Canada-Quebec Investment to Benefit Gracefield

GRACEFIELD, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 24, 2009) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister responsible for the Outaouais and Member of Parliament for Pontiac, along with Stephanie Vallee, Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Gatineau and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, are pleased to announce that the City of Gracefield has benefited from a joint federal-provincial investment of $2.8 million under the Provincial-Territorial (PT) Base Fund.

This investment involved the construction of a water filtration plant, including state of the art equipment, to treat water from the Gatineau River. The municipality's water supply system serves 720 residents supplied from the Gatineau River.

"This funding announcement is excellent news for the City of Gracefield. It has permitted an important worksite to move ahead, which generated economic activity and created jobs in the region, while providing Gracefield with modern infrastructure" declared Minister Cannon. "The Government of Canada is working with Quebec and the other provinces and territories to speed up key investments in Canada's infrastructure and get shovels in the ground over the current and next construction seasons, in order to create jobs and stimulate our economy."

"By contributing to this significant initiative, the Government of Quebec is moving forward to provide Quebec municipalities with infrastructure that meets their needs and supports sustainable development, which is an essential element for a modern and wealthy economy. By injecting this new capital into the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, the government has accelerated the completion of numerous infrastructure projects in Quebec that will improve the well-being of Quebec residents, create jobs and support a competitive economy. The government will leave municipalities a legacy of quality infrastructure - indispensable tools to meet future challenges. I am pleased that the municipality of Gracefield can benefit from this initiative's economic spin-off, a concrete action that unequivocally demonstrates our government's commitment to economic development," said MNA Stephanie Vallee.

The total eligible cost to complete this initiative is $3.5 million. The respective contributions of the Governments of Canada and Quebec were set at $1.4 million, for a total of $2.8 million in government assistance, while the Town of Gracefield will cover the remaining $700,000 in projects.

The governments of Canada and Quebec recently signed an agreement to accelerate the $175 million PT Base Fund payment. This amount, which was to have been paid over a seven-year period extending to 2014, will now be available over the next two years to implement 65 municipal and provincial initiatives.

Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new stimulus infrastructure funding over two years, from which Quebec will benefit. The Government of Quebec is working closely with the federal government to ensure that these funds will be spent on priority infrastructure projects and initiatives in these communities.

The contribution from the Government of Quebec comes from the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, which will invest $42-million across Quebec over the next five years, predominantly to update, renew and maintain public infrastructure in Quebec.

For more information on investments in infrastructure, please visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

For more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit
www.actionplan.gc.ca.

For more information on the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, please visit www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fr/infrastructure.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Catherine Loubier
    Director of Communications
    613-995-1851
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050
    or
    Office of Stephanie Vallee, Member of the National Assembly
    for Gatineau and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier
    Luce Farrell
    Political Advisor
    819-441-2626
    lfarrell@assnat.qc.ca