Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

September 21, 2009 14:30 ET

Canada-Quebec Partnership for the Construction of Two Drinking Water Treatment Centres in Baie-Comeau

This major investment will create jobs and stimulate the economy

BAIE-COMEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) - The Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere, Mr. Jacques Gourde, and the Minister of Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Mr. Laurent Lessard, today announced the partnership of the federal and provincial governments to upgrade two drinking water treatment centres in Baie-Comeau. The governments of Canada and Quebec have identified this important project as a priority for funding under the Major Projects Component of the Building Canada Fund-Quebec.

The total cost of the project is $47.2 million. The governments of Canada and Quebec could each contribute up to $19.9 million, for a total of $39.8 million in government assistance. The City of Baie-Comeau will contribute an additional $7.4 million to complete the tripartite funding for this project.

"This federal, provincial and municipal partnership in Baie-Comeau is another example of what our government is doing to improve the quality of water infrastructure for Quebeckers," said MP Gourde. "Our investment in the construction of these drinking water treatment centres will support the local economy by creating new jobs and contributing to the quality of life of Baie-Comeau residents for years to come."

"By bequeathing quality infrastructure to future generations, the Quebec government commits to generational equity and sustainable development. As proof of this commitment, the important contribution of Quebec announced today for the city of Baie-Comeau will serve to upgrade these drinking water treatment centres, which will have significant implications for the well-being of the population. This major project is listed in the Plan quebecois des infrastructures for the upgrading, renewal and maintenance of Quebec's public infrastructure," said Minister Lessard.

The work will involve the construction of two filtration plants with water intakes in the Manicouagan River and Lac a la Chasse, including hook-ups to different water distribution systems.

This funding is part of the Government of Canada's commitment to stimulate the economy and create jobs to help Canadians during this economic slowdown. Canada's Economic Action Plan also contains provisions for expanding and accelerating the recent historic federal investment in infrastructure by providing almost $12 billion over two years in new infrastructure stimulus funding.

The goal of the Major Projects component of the Building Canada Fund-Quebec is to fund major infrastructure projects. The money allocated will enable communities to acquire infrastructure that contributes to the growth of their cultural, economic, sports, tourism and other sectors.

For more information on federal infrastructure investments, visit creatingjobs.gc.ca

For more information on the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

For more information on the Plan quebecois des infrastructures, visit http://infrastructures.gouv.gc.ca/nouvelles/index.

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FACT SHEET

Upgrade to Baie-Comeau's Drinking Water Facilities

The Government of Canada has identified the upgrade to drinking water facilities in Baie-Comeau as a priority for federal infrastructure funding. The funding will come from the Major Projects Component of the Building Canada Fund.

The total cost of the project is $47.2 million. The federal and Quebec governments could each contribute up to $19.9 million, for a total of $39.8 million in government assistance. The City of Baie-Comeau will contribute an additional $7.4 million to round out the tripartite funding for the project.

This initiative involves the construction of two filtration plants with water intakes in the Manicouagan River and Lac a la Chasse, including hook-ups to different water distribution systems.

The City of Baie-Comeau has four water distribution systems that are all fed by surface water that is chlorinated only. These systems no longer meet the treatment requirements of the Quebec regulation respecting the quality of drinking water. Water filtration is therefore needed.

Federal funding is conditional on the project meeting all federal eligibility requirements under the Building Canada Fund, and on the signing of a contribution agreement with the Government of Quebec.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
    and Communities
    Chris Day - Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa - Press Secretary
    418-691-2050
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148