Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

August 10, 2009 10:00 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the Municipality of Saint-Thomas With a First Payment of $ 345,828 From the Transfer of a Portion of the Federal Gas Tax Revenues...

...and the Government of Quebec's Contribution

SAINT-THOMAS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2009) - The Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Christian Paradis, along with the Minister of Work and Minister responsible for the region of Lanaudiere, Mr. David Whissell, on behalf of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister responsible for the region of Chaudiere-Appalaches and Centre-du-Quebec, Mr. Laurent Lessard, are pleased to announce that the Municipality of Saint-Thomas will receive $ 345,828 under the federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution. This is the first payment to Saint-Thomas, which will receive a total of $ 576,381 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.

The Municipality of Saint-Thomas will use the funds to proceed with the replacement of sewer lines under Principale (between St-Charles and Joly) and Joly streets.

"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. This funding is additional to the money already flowing through the Gas Tax Fund, which is now a $2 billion annual commitment to Canada's municipalities. Through our infrastructure commitments, the Government of Canada supports a stronger economy, creates jobs and allows communities in Quebec and in Canada to be more prosperous."

"The funding announced today is a reflection of our commitment to improve the quality of life of citizens. This means that the Municipality of Saint-Thomas will now be able to rely on stable funding, which will facilitate the planning of the work that needs to be done. These investments are part of the Plan quebecois des infrastructures that foresees an investment of $41.8 billion for the 2008-2013 period, of which $3.6 billion will be used to maintain and improve municipal infrastructure. Repairing and modernizing public infrastructure is a priority for the Government of Quebec," added Minister Whissell.

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).

Moreover, Canada's Economic Action Plan includes the acceleration and expansion of recent historic 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
    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