Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

March 01, 2010 10:37 ET

Canada-Quebec Partnership Beneficial for Disraeli: A Total Joint Investment Worth $1,943,334

DISRAELI, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Mégantic—L'Érable, and Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, are pleased to announce a joint financial contribution of $1,943,334 for the repair and extension of water mains and sewer lines. With the town's contribution, total investments of $2,915,000 will enable this work to be undertaken.

"Through the federal contribution to this project, our Government will not only create jobs and boost the economy, but also offer the town the opportunity to acquire very important infrastructure for the entire regional county municipality of Les Appalaches," said Minister Paradis. "As we enter the second phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan, our priority will be to continue its rapid implementation and carry out remaining stimulus projects across the country. Once the economy recovers, we will work on deficit reduction and establishing a sound foundation for job creation and economic growth."

"These investments bear witness to Quebec's commitment to quickly implement the vast undertaking to maintain and update our public infrastructure, as put forward by the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan québecois des infrastructures. In proposing this plan, our government moved swiftly to provide Quebec with an advantage. With the support of the federal government, we are now in a position to accelerate the completion of work in order to support economic activity and jobs throughout our regions," declared Minister Lessard.

The project involves repairing pipes under several stretches of Champoux (Highway 263), Grégoire and St. Joseph streets. Water mains and sewer lines will be replaced, and the systems will be extended by 150 and under Champoux Street, east of the town, and by 125 metres up to the intersection of Rang 6.

The water mains targeted by the project are made of grey cast iron, steel or galvanized steel, and most of them are between 60 and 90 years old. These water mains, most of which are small in diameter, have reached the end of their useful life and need to be replaced. The sewer lines to be replaced are made of asbestos cement and are 50 years old. Operational failures have been observed in the Champoux Street separate and combined sewer system. Included in the project is a plan to completely separate the sewer system under that street.

The Government of Canada will contribute up to a maximum of $971,667 to this project from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Government of Quebec will contribute $971,667. The municipality will provide the remaining $971,666 for the $2,915,000 project.

The contribution of the Government of Canada to these projects comes from the new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, included in Canada's Economic Action Plan announced in the January 2009 Budget. The Government of Canada earmarked $936 million from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for projects in Quebec.

The contribution from the Government of Quebec is being made under the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan québécois des infrastructures, which was expanded in January 2009 and now has an envelope of nearly $42 billion to be spent on infrastructure renewal projects in Quebec over the next five years.

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Canada-Quebec joint investment of $1,943,334 for Disraeli

The governments of Canada and Quebec will jointly invest up to $1,943,334 under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to repair and extend water mains and sewer lines in the Champoux Street sector of Disraeli.

Work on Champoux Street will involve:

  • replacing approximately 1,080 metres of the existing water main;
  • replacing approximately 800 metres of the existing combined sewer line; and
  • associated road work required.

Work on Grégoire Street will include:

  • replacing approximately 172 metres of the existing water main;
  • replacing approximately 172 metres of the existing separate sewer line; and
  • associated road work required.

Work on St. Joseph Street East will comprise:

  • replacing approximately 170 metres of the existing transmission conduit connecting the town's reservoir to the distribution system.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund at work in Quebec

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the funding made available by Quebec complement existing federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund focuses on construction-readiness as the main project selection criterion. The projects selected focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets, such as water and wastewater infrastructure, public transit, highways, roads, culture, and parks and trails. In addition, municipalities and non-governmental organizations make up the rest of the funding for these projects.

The Quebec government is well acquainted with the infrastructure needs throughout the province, as well as the projects that, by their nature, are the most likely to be able to get off the ground quickly in order to stimulate the economy in the short term. The Quebec government has thus identified projects that meet the eligibility criteria of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and that would also meet the province's longer-term needs. Each application was evaluated according to criteria such as readiness, federal environmental assessment requirements, and the funding requested by the applicant.

To date, more than 208 projects have been announced under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, with a total financial contribution of nearly $1 billion from the federal and provincial governments, municipalities and organizations. These projects are in addition to those already announced under the pipeline renewal program, better known as PRECO.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport and
    Infrastructure Canada
    Jacques Fauteux
    Office of the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions
    and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada