Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

June 01, 2009 09:30 ET

Canada-Quebec Investment Will Create Jobs for the City of Gatineau

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister responsible for Outaouais, and Mr. Norman MacMillan, Minister for Transport and Minister responsible for the Outaouais region and MNA for Papineau, along with Ms. Maryse Gaudreault, MNA for Hull, on behalf of Ms. Dominique Vien, Minister of Government Services for Quebec, are pleased to announced that the Palais des congres of Gatineau will benefit from a joint investment of up to $15 million federal-provincial governments. This government assistance will support the rebuilding of the Palais des congres.

The investments will allow the renovation of the exterior of the building (roofs and exterior walls), electromechanical systems, kitchens, architectural finishes, as well as bringing fire protections and universal accessibility up to standard.

"This funding announcement represents excellent news for the Outaouais. It will enable an important worksite to move ahead while generating economic activity and creating jobs in the region," said 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 on projects for the next two construction seasons, with an aim to creating jobs and stimulating our economy."

"These investments, like all of our infrastructure investments, contribute to the maintenance and creation of jobs and stimulate the economy. I'm pleased that the Outaouais region can benefit from this project's economic spin-off, a concrete expression of the Quebec government toward economic development," said Minister Norman MacMillan.

"The announcement of this major investment will allow us to ensure the reopening of the Palais des congres de Gatineau. The modernization work that la Societe immobiliere du Quebec is undertaking will allow for the development of the Palais, one of the most important strategic tourism facilities in the region," said the MNA for Hull, Maryse Gaudreault.

This project is possible as a result of an agreement signed between the two governments on May 22, 2009, to allow for the transfer of $175 million to Quebec to finance infrastructure projects upgrades over the next two years.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus 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 are being spent on infrastructure priorities in these communities.

The Government of Quebec's contribution comes from the Plan quebecois des infrastructures, which will invest $42-billion across Quebec over the next five years predominantly to renew several existing structures.

For more information on Government of Canada investments in infrastructure, please visit

For more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit

For more information on the Plan quebecois des infrastructures, please visit (Available in French only).

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada
    Office of the Minister for Transport and
    Minister responsible for the Outaouais
    region and MNA for Papineau
    Sylvie Descoeurs
    Local Political Advisor and communication Advisor