Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

May 03, 2010 12:30 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the Societe de Transport De Longueuil With $506,246 for Mass Transit

LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 3, 2010) - The Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Mégantic–L'Érable, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and the Member of the National Assembly for Laporte, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Montérégie Region, Nicole Ménard, on behalf of Julie Boulet, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Mauricie Region, are pleased to announce that the Réseau de transport de Longueuil will receive $506,246 under the Federal-Provincial Agreement on the Transfer of a Portion of Federal Gas tax Revenues and a contribution from the Government of Quebec. 

The Réseau de transport de Longueuil will use the financial assistance announced today for capital investments in infrastructure such as equipment associated with new technologies.

"This financial contribution is a tangible example of steps taken by our government to stimulate the economy and create jobs," said Minister Paradis. "Through the Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is investing in infrastructure projects like public transit. In addition to providing environmental benefits, these projects are also advantageous for the economy and will contribute to the prosperity of communities as well as the quality of life for Quebeckers."

"Today's announcement demonstrates the commitment by the Government of Quebec to improve the quality and service of public transit to residents," said Minister Ménard. "The funding announced today is in addition to funding for the current year provided by the Government of Quebec under various other public transit programs, which totals $1.2 billion for 2010-2011."

The federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline tax revenues, signed by Quebec and Canada in 2005, is intended to ensure funding for municipal and local infrastructure, specifically for municipal drinking water, wastewater, local roads and public transit infrastructure, from the standpoint of sustainable development. Since 2005, Quebec municipalities have received $1.151 billion from the Gas Tax Fund, in addition to the Quebec government's contribution of $475.7 million. The Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL) manages the payment of funding. The recently extended Canada-Quebec agreement provides for additional Government of Canada support of $1.85 billion between 2010 and 2014, in addition to Québec's contribution of more than $927 million, for a total of $2.78 billion.

In addition, 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 between now and March 31, 2011.

As of April 1, 2009, monies paid out under the Gas Tax Fund have doubled to reach a total of $2 billion a year across Canada.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Jacques Fauteux - Director, Policy and Communications
    Office of the Minister of Tourism and
    Minister responsible for the Monteregie Region
    Andre Poirier
    Political Advisor
    Infrastructure Canada