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Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

January 25, 2010 12:08 ET

Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide Two Municipalities in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean With a First Payment of $532,273 From the Transfer of a Portion of Federal Gas Tax Revenues...

...and Contribution From the Government of Quebec

SAINT-FELIX-D'OTIS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region, along with Mr. Serge Simard, Minister for Natural Resources and Wildlife, Minister responsible for the Saguenay-Lac Saint Jean and Côte-Nord Regions, and Member of the National Assembly (MNA) for Dubuc, on behalf of Mr. Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, are pleased to announce that two municipalities in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region, Saint Félix d'Otis and L'Anse Saint Jean, will share $532,273 provided 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 a total of $665,339 for important infrastructure work.

The distribution of government contributions are as follows:

Municipality First Payment Total Government Contribution Infrastructure work to be undertaken
Saint Félix-d'Otis $249,239 $311,546 Construction of a water reservoir and the preparation of an action plan for the renewal of water and wastewater pipes
L'Anse Saint-Jean $283,034 $353,793 Study for the sanitation of wastewater in drainage basin #1 of the sanitary sewer network, preparation of an action plan for the renewal of water pipes and replacement of water and sewer mains under Route 170
Total $532,273 $665,339  

"Canada's economic growth is our Government's main focus," said Minister BlackBurn. "In Canada's Economic Action Plan, we announced funding of close to $12 billion over two years to boost infrastructure investments. This funding is 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 for the two municipalities in Saguenay-Lac Saint Jean demonstrates our desire to contribute to the well-being of citizens. This means that the municipalities of Saint Félix d'Otis and L'Anse Saint Jean will now be able to rely on stable, predetermined funding, which will facilitate the planning of infrastructure work to be done. These investments are part of the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan québécois 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 goal of the Agreement on the transfer of federal Gas Tax revenues made between Canada and Québec 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 Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (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.

Également offert en français : www.infrastructure.gc.ca/

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    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
    Johanne Levesque
    Communications Advisor
    514-873-6910