Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

June 15, 2009 10:01 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the Parish of Ragueneau With a First Payment of $240,993 From the Transfer of a Portion of the Federal Gas Tax Revenues

... and the Government of Quebec's Contribution

RAGUENEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 15, 2009) - The Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Christian Paradis, on behalf of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, John Baird, along with the Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Cote-Nord region, Serge Simard, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the Parish of Ragueneau will receive $240,993 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 Ragueneau, which will receive a total of $365,520 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.

The Parish of Ragueneau will use the funds to replace the water line and to add a sanitary sewer on Bouchard street, and to carry out a response plan.

"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 Parish of Ragueneau 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 Simard.

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
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Office of the Deputy Premier and
    Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy
    Christian Tanguay
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050