Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

November 13, 2009 15:53 ET

Important Canada-Quebec Investment to Optimize Quebec Municipal Infrastructure

$336 million for 144 municipal projects through the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund and the Pipeline Renewal Program (Programme de renouvellement des conduites - PRECO) under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, are pleased to announce that more than 100 municipalities will benefit from joint financial assistance of up to just over $336 million for 144 projects through the Building Canada Fund, Communities Component, and through PRECO, under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

"This important investment of close to $170 million demonstrates the will of the federal government to get shovels in the ground as quickly as possible for these 144 infrastructure projects, to stimulate the economy and create jobs for all municipalities in Quebec. This is another great example of excellent collaboration between Canada and Quebec to renew public infrastructure. These investments, which are at the heart of our Economic Action Plan, will enable municipalities to make their communities healthier, safer and more modern to improve the well-being of Quebec citizens," said Minister Paradis.

"By contributing to these projects, the Government of Quebec is moving forward to give the municipalities of Quebec infrastructure that is adapted to our current situation and focused on sustainable development. By investing new capital funds through Quebec's infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, the government wants to accelerate the completion of numerous infrastructure projects in the province in order to improve the well-being of the citizens of Quebec, create jobs and support a strong economy. We want municipalities to have a legacy of quality infrastructure, the required tools to face tomorrow's challenges", added Minister Lessard.

Communities Component

The governments of Quebec and Canada will each contribute close to $125 million for 79 projects, which represents more than $249 million in total government financial assistance, while the municipalities concerned will provide the remaining costs, for a total of approximately $375 million in construction.

The Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund - Quebec, through equal contributions from the two levels of government, aims to fund infrastructure projects in communities that have fewer than 100,000 inhabitants. Thanks to the funding granted to them, these communities are thus able to improve infrastructure in major need of revitalization, such as water treatment plants, water reservoir networks, and cultural and sport centres.

Representing an unprecedented funding commitment by the Government of Canada, the Building Canada Fund - Quebec provides stable and predictable funding to support infrastructure projects. In Quebec, nearly $4 billion will be allocated to that end.

PRECO

The governments of Canada and Quebec have also announced joint funding of close to $87 million for 65 projects among 31 Quebec municipalities and intermunicipal administrations through the federal-provincial agreement for the PRECO program.

The Government of Canada contribution for these projects comes from the new, $4-billion, nation-wide Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, part of Canada's Economic Action Plan announced in the January 2009 budget. As part of this fund, the Government of Canada has committed to invest $936 million in projects in Quebec, of which $350 million is for the PRECO program.

The Government of Quebec contribution is being made under the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, which was enhanced in January 2009 and now has an envelope of nearly $42 billion to be spent on infrastructure renewal in Quebec over the next five years.

The contribution announced today by the Government of Canada has been granted under Canada's Economic Action Plan. For more details about this plan, please visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

For further details on the Quebec infrastructure plan le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, see www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca.

For further details on the Building Canada Fund - Quebec and the process for submitting a funding application, see www.creatingjobs.gc.ca and www.mamrot.gouv.qc.ca.

Aussi disponible en francais: www.creerdesemplois.gc.ca et www.dec-ced.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

Communities Component

The Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund aims to finance infrastructure projects to be carried out in Quebec municipalities that have fewer than 100,000 inhabitants. Costs are shared on a one-third basis among federal, provincial and municipal levels. Projects related to safe drinking water, wastewater management, and in support of local and regional economic development are funded through the Communities Component.

The Communities Component will considerably help small communities to meet their urgent infrastructure needs; it also complements the Gas Tax Fund.

On September 3, 2008, the governments of Canada and Quebec signed the Canada-Quebec Framework Agreement on Infrastructure valued at almost $4 billion over seven years (2007-2014) under the Building Canada plan. Of this amount, $210 million has been earmarked for the Communities Component.



PROJECTS

Examples of projects financed under the terms of the Communities
Component of the Building Canada Fund and announced by the federal
and provincial governments on November 13

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MUNICIPALITIES PROJECTS
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SAINT-DOMINIQUE-DU-ROSAIRE COLLECTION AND SANITIZATION
OF WASTEWATER AND WATER
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MONT-JOLI REPLACEMENT OF WATER RESERVOIR
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MATANE RESTORATION OF SP-2 PUMPING
STATION
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PLESSISVILLE BLOWER REPLACEMENTS -
WASTEWATER TREATMENT STATION
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SAINTE-BRIGITTE-DES-SAULTS OPERATION OF NEW WELL;
REPLACEMENT OF PART OF THE
PIPELINE NETWORK; CONSTRUCTION
OF A SEWER NETWORK
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INTERMUNICIPAL PIPE AND SEWER UPDATING WATER SUPPLY
ADMINISTRATION OF AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT
LOBITNIERE-CENTRE
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FERMONT WASTEWATER TREATMENT
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BATISCAN RECONSTRUCTION OF P-1 WELLS
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SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU INSTALLATION OF SANITARY
SEWERS AND PIPES IN THE FLEUR
DE LYS SECTOR
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ANGE-GARDIEN ENLARGEMENT OF WATER RESERVOIR
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SAINT-FELIX-DE-VALOIS NEW COLLECTION SYSTEM AND
WATER SUPPLY IN BELLEVILLE
SECTOR
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SHEFFORD COLLECTION AND TREATMENT OF
WASTEWATER IN SYLVIE STREET
SECTOR
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(i) Please note that other projects could be announced locally at a later
date. The complete list of projects will be released on November 20,
2009.


BACKGROUNDER


Pipeline Renewal Program - Programme de renouvellement des conduites (PRECO)

As part of the new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Government of Canada is targeting projects that could start during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons and will contribute to job creation.

The Government of Canada has set aside up to $350 million for projects identified under the PRECO program. Federal funding will target projects that can begin construction over the next two years.

PRECO will also benefit from $350 million in funding from the Government of Quebec. This program will enable Quebec's municipalities to repair or replace drinking water and wastewater pipes.

The governments of Canada and Quebec support a stronger economy, promote job creation and contribute to the prosperity of communities across Quebec. This is why, thanks to federal and provincial funding, major infrastructure projects have been carried out in Quebec.

For more information on PRECO, visit the Quebec Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy website at www.mamrot.gouv.qc.ca.

Municipalities funded by the federal and provincial governments under the terms of the PRECO program

List of 31 municipalities and intermunicipal administrations receiving government funding of $86,796,720 for 65 projects:

- Baie-Comeau

- Beaconsfield

- Brossard

- Cote-Saint-Luc

- Dollard-des-Ormeaux

- Forestville

- Gatineau

- Girardville

- Lachute

- Laval

- Maniwaki

- Massueville

- New Richmond

- Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette

- Notre-Dame-des-Prairies

- Oka

- Intermunicipal pipeline administration of Bas-Richelieu

- Riviere-du-Loup

- Saint-Charles-de-Borromee

- Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu

- Saint-Dominique

- Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines

- Saint-Edouard-de-Maskinonge

- Sainte-Marie

- Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel

- Saint-Jean-de-Matha

- Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce

- Sept-Iles

- Terrebonne

- Trois-Rivieres

- Vallee-Jonction

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Public Works and
    Government Services
    Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante
    Press Secretary
    613-956-5325
    or
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050