Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

February 01, 2010 10:30 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide Four Municipalities In the Cote-Nord With a First Payment of $3,334,440...

...From the Transfer of a Portion of Federal Gas Tax Revenues and Contribution From the Government of Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2010) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, along with Mr. Serge Simard, Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Cote-Nord regions, on behalf of Mr. Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, are pleased to announce that the municipalities of Riviere-Saint-Jean and Godbout will receive $134,500 and $200,787, respectively, under the Federal-Provincial Agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal Gasoline Tax Revenues and contribution from the Government of Quebec.

This is the first payment to these municipalities, which will receive, in total, $245,246 for Riviere-Saint-Jean and $250,984 for Godbout, to undertake important infrastructure work.

Both Ministers are also pleased to announce that the municipality of Les Escoumins and the City of Sept-Iles will receive $372,216 and $3,126,037, respectively. This is also the first payment to these municipalities, which will receive, in total, $465,270 for Les Escoumins, and $3,908,671 for Sept-Iles, to undertake important infrastructure work.

"Canada's economic growth is our Government's main focus," said Minister Paradis. "In Canada's Economic Action Plan, we announced funding of close to $12 billion over two years to boost infrastructure investments. These funds are in addition to what we already flow through the Gas Tax Fund, which is now a $2-billion annual commitment to Canadians municipalities. Through our infrastructure commitments, the Government of Canada supports a stronger economy, creates jobs and contributes to the prosperity of communities throughout Quebec and across Canada."

"The funding announced today demonstrates our desire to contribute to the well-being of citizens. The municipalities of Riviere Saint-Jean, Godbout, Les Escoumins and the city of Sept-Iles will now be able to rely on stable, pre-determined funding, which will facilitate the planning of infrastructure work to be undertaken. These investments are part of the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, that foresees an investment of more than $41.8 billion for the 2008-2013 period, of which $3.6 billion will be used to maintain and bring municipal infrastructure up to code. The repair and modernization of infrastructure is a priority for the Government of Quebec," added Minister Simard.

The Municipality of Riviere-Saint-Jean will use the funds to build a drinking water well in Magpie, to install drains on the Riviere-Saint-Jean water system, as well as to run recovery tests and clean the wells, in addition to undertake a study for an action plan.

The town of Godbout will use the funds to, among others, bring water collection, drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities up to code. Work also includes the inspection and replacement of drinking water and sewer mains, as well as the renewal of some of them.

The Municipality of Les Escoumins will use the funds to proceed with a study on bringing drinking water up to code, as well as to replace several water and sewer mains.

Sept-Iles will use the funds to bring water collection, drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities up to code, as well as to inspect and replace drinking water and sewer mains.

The goal of the Agreement on the transfer of federal Gas Tax revenues made between Canada and Quebec in 2005 is to provide funding for the renewal of municipal and local infrastructure, and specifically for municipal drinking water, wastewater, local roads and public transit infrastructure, within a context of sustainable development. From 2005 to 2010, Quebec will receive $1.151 billion from the Gas Tax Fund, in addition to the Government of Quebec's contribution of $475.7 million. The funds will be administered by the Societe de financement des infrastructures locales du Quebec (SOFIL).

In addition, Canada's Economic Action Plan includes the acceleration and expansion of recent historical federal investments in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years.

Egalement offert en francais : www.infrastructure.gc.ca/

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Frederik Boisvert
    Policy Advisor
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Office of the Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife
    and Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-
    Jean and Cote-Nord Regions
    Jack Roy
    Press Secretary
    418 643-7295
    or
    Department of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land
    Occupancy
    Communications Directorate
    Natalie Valade
    Communications Advisor
    514-873-6910