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Infrastructure Canada

October 02, 2009 09:50 ET

Canada and Quebec Invest Close to $100 Million in Quebec Infrastructure to Stimulate the Economy and Create Jobs

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QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2009) - On behalf of their respective governments, the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Mr. Laurent Lessard, are pleased to announce joint funding of nearly $65 million for the completion of new projects in Quebec. This investment forms part of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and, once combined with municipal contributions, could reach more than $72 million.

In addition, the governments of Canada and Quebec have also announced joint funding of more than $31 million for a group of 10 Quebec municipalities under the federal-provincial agreement for the water and wastewater pipeline renewal program, le Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potable et d'eaux usees (PRECO).

"The investments announced today, amounting to nearly $100 million, will stimulate our economy and create jobs for Quebecers," stated Minister Paradis. "Until now, more than 220 projects have been announced under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. These investments will allow the renewal of Quebec infrastructure while stimulating economic activity and job creation in all corners of our province."

"This fourth series of announcements under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund has brought federal, provincial and municipal contributions to date close to $1 billion for the launch of public infrastructure projects in numerous Quebec municipalities. All of our regions will thereby participate in the economic recovery and the renewal of their infrastructure through sustainable development, which is to the benefit of their population," said Minister Lessard.

Of the selected projects, several highway projects will be completed in various Quebec regions, including the repaving of more than 12 kilometres of Highway 40 in Quebec City and 6.5 kilometres of road repair on Route 55 in the municipality of Saint-Boniface. Funding will also be provided for water and wastewater infrastructure projects, including the repair of watermain and sewer pipes along St-Calixte Street in Plessisville.

The Government of Canada contribution for all of these projects comes from the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which provides $4 billion for projects nation-wide and is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan that was announced in the January 2009 Budget. Within the scope of this fund, the Government of Canada has committed to invest $936 million in projects in Quebec, including $350 million for the PRECO Program.

The contribution from the Government of Quebec is through the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, which was enhanced in January 2009 and now has an envelope of nearly $42 billion for renewal of numerous Quebec infrastructure over the next five years.

Additional information

For additional information on infrastructure investments, consult the following Web sites: www.creatingjobs.gc.ca and www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca.

For additional information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Aussi disponible en francais: www.creerdesemplois.gc.ca.

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BACKGROUNDER

Infrastructure Stimulus Fund in Quebec

On October 2, 2009, Canada and Quebec announced a joint investment of close to $65 million for new infrastructure projects that will enable the creation of jobs and will help to stimulate the economy.

To date, more than 220 projects have been announced under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, for a total joint government contribution - including federal, provincial and municipal shares - worth close to $1 billion.

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government established a new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to provide funding for construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. This two-year funding is for work that will be completed in 2009 and 2010. The contribution from the Government of Quebec comes out of the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, which was enhanced in January 2009 and now has a budget of nearly $42 billion to renew a number of Quebec infrastructure over the next five years.

About the program

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, as well as the funding made available by Quebec, complements existing federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term economic stimulus objectives. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund has adopted construction-readiness as the main selection criterion for project submissions. The selected projects will focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets, such as water and wastewater infrastructure, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks and trails. For provincial projects, the federal and provincial governments will each cover 50 per cent of costs; for municipal projects and projects for private, non-profit organizations, the federal and provincial governments will contribute up to two-thirds of eligible costs, while the remaining third is to be provided by the municipalities and private, non-profit organizations.

Infrastructure Stimulus Fund at Work in Quebec

The Province is quite familiar with its infrastructure needs across the region, as well as the projects that, by their nature, are the most likely to get off the ground quickly and stimulate the economy in the short term. The Government of Quebec, therefore, identified projects that would meet the eligibility criteria of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) and that would also meet the province's long-term needs. Each application was evaluated according to criteria such as readiness, federal environmental assessment (EA) requirements and the funding requested by the applicant.

Since the launch of PRECO on April 6, 2009, the Government of Canada has announced that up to $350 million from the ISF would be set aside for PRECO-approved projects. The joint Canada-Quebec contribution could reach $700 million.

In addition, the governments of Canada and Quebec announced joint funding through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for a group of 24 Quebec projects on July 28, 2009, for 92 projects on August 27, 2009, as well as for another 92 projects on September 13, 2009.

PROJECTS

(i)List of projects funded by the federal and provincial governments through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund

Project Titles

Highway infrastructure improvements, repair and construction:

- Construction of a new exit ramp on Highway 40 (Exit 26 North, Montee Daoust in Vaudreuil-Dorion)

- Resurfacing of Highway 169 between Val-Jalbert and Chambord, Phase 2

- Repaving over 12 kilometres of Highway 40 in Quebec City

- 5.6 kilometres of road repair on Highway 40 in Quebec City

- Road repair and replacing the asphalt layer over 2.5 kilometres on Route 138 in the Municipality of Saint-Tite-des-Caps

- 6.1 kilometres of road repair on Highway 381 in Lac-Pikauba territory

- Redevelopment of Route 132 (urban perimeter boundary at Boivert Street (Phase 2))

- Wear surface on Route 340 from St-Clet to Vaudreuil-Dorion

- Wear surface on Routes 138, 358 and 41750 in the municipalities of Cap-Sante and Donnacona (length: about 8 km)

- Asphalt reinforcement of the highway and culvert reconstruction on Route 111 from Massicotte Road to Saint-Marc-de-Figuery

- Correction of two substandard curbs and repair of 2.3 kilometres of the Route des Pionniers at Peribonka and St-Ludger-de-Milot

- Repaving 6.5 kilometres of Highway 55 in the municipality of Saint-Boniface

Water and Wastewater:

- Development of the industrial park and municipal infrastructure in Sainte-Clotilde de Beauce

- Modifications to the existing water distribution system in Papineauville

- Replacement of watermains and wastewater collection pipes - 11th Street district in Saint-Malachie

Repair of watermain and sewer pipes on St-Calixte Street in Plessisville

- Repair of Principale Street - Route 269 in the municipality of Saint-Honore-de-Shendley

Parks and Trails:

- Construction of pedestrian and bicycle paths along Lac-St-Jean in downtown Roberval

Parks and Trails - Water and Wastewater:

- Development of trails and games, repair of a building, and installation of a system to recover wastewater from watercrafts and aqueduct network connections in the Grand Lac St-Francois municipal park in Lambton

(i)Please note that other projects could be announced locally at a later date.


BACKGROUNDER

Water and wastewater pipeline renewal program - le Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potable et d'eaux usees (PRECO)

As part of the new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Government of Canada is targeting projects that could start during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons and that will contribute to job creation.

The Government of Canada has set aside up to $350 million for projects identified under the pipeline renewal program, le Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potable et d'eaux usees (PRECO). Federal funding will target specific projects that could be completed within the next two construction seasons.

PRECO will also benefit from $350 million in funding from the Government of Quebec. This program will allow municipalities in Quebec to repair or replace their water distribution and wastewater collection pipes. The projects will be chosen through a competitive process under which municipalities will have to submit their proposals for review.

The Government of Canada supports a stronger economy, promotes job creation and contributes to the prosperity of communities across Quebec and Canada. This is why, thanks to federal funding, major infrastructure projects have been carried out in Quebec.

For more information on PRECO, visit the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy website at http://www.mamrot.gouv.qc.ca (available in French only).

Municipalities funded by the federal and provincial governments under the joint pipeline renewal program, le Programme de renouvellement des conduites (PRECO)

These 10 municipalities receive $31.3 million in joint government funding:

- Quebec

- Joliette

- Prevost

- Rougemont

- Repentigny

- Gatineau

- St-Honore-de-Shenley

- Waterloo

- Trois-Rivieres

- Plessisville

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister John Baird
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of Minister Laurent Lessard
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050