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Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

September 13, 2009 16:43 ET

Ottawa and Quebec Fund $384M in Projects Across the Province

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2009) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister for La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Region of Quebec City, and Sam Hamad, Quebec Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for the Region of Quebec City, are pleased to announce, on behalf of their respective governments, joint financial support of nearly $303 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for 92 new projects in Quebec. With the contributions of municipalities and other organizations, the investment totals nearly $365 million.

The governments of Canada and Quebec also announced $80 million in joint funding under the federal-provincial agreement on the Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potable et d'eaux usees (PRECO) for a group of 63 Quebec municipalities.

"This is the third wave of investment in the province of Quebec, since the first announcement in July, for projects arising out of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which can begin construction immediately. With today's announcement, the governments of Canada and Quebec have announced investments in more than 200 infrastructure projects which brings the total joint federal-provincial contribution close to $875 million and will stimulate our economy by creating jobs for Quebecers," said Minister Verner. "The agreement on these projects is another example of the outstanding co-operation between our two governments."

"We want Quebec and its municipalities to acquire high-quality infrastructure to make their residents proud. These investments, as well as all those announced in the past few months, demonstrate our government's commitment to get the projects provided for in the Plan quebecois des infrastructures under way as quickly as possible in order to maintain and renew our infrastructure while stimulating our economy," said Minister Hamad.

More than $125M in the Quebec City area

The Ministers made the announcement in L'Ancienne-Lorette, which will receive a joint contribution of $6.5 million to build a multi-generational training centre. The municipality will contribute another $3.3 million to the project, which is expected to cost $9.8 million. The training centre, with an area of about 2,100 m2, will be built in Parc de la Riviere, on the site of a former arena, and will include water basins and a multipurpose hall.

Projects worth over $125 million, including municipal contributions, will be carried out in the Quebec City area.



Projects (Total value)

Roadwork
- Wearing course on Highway 138, Petite Riviere St Francois ($4.5M)
- Widening of Highway 138, Baie St Catherine ($5.7M)
- Chemin du Hibou and First Avenue, Stoneham ($2.65M)
- Repairs to Highway 362, Les Eboulements ($4.33M)
- Wearing course on Highway 381, north of St Urbain ($3.63M)
- Construction of an auxiliary lane for slow-moving vehicles
on Highway 138, La Malbaie ($2.69M)
- Roadway resurfacing and paving of shoulders on Highway 169,
Lac Jacques Cartier ($1.7M)

Municipal assets
- Transfer of 50,000 m3 of water treatment from the St Foy
treatment plant to the Quebec City plant ($55M)
- Replacement of pipes, Maizerets district, Quebec City ($7.3M)

Municipal and cultural infrastructure improvements, repairs and construction
- Expansion of the Monique Corriveau Library ($21.2M)
- Construction of a multi-generational centre in L'Ancienne-Lorette ($9.8M)

PRECO
- City of L'Ancienne-Lorette ($7.2M)


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

The Quebec government's contribution comes from the Plan quebecois des infrastructures, which was increased in January 2009 and now has an envelope of close to $42 billion for renewal of Quebec infrastructure over the next five years.

For more information about infrastructure investments, visit the following Web sites: www.creatingjobs.gc.ca and www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca

To learn more about the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, go to www.actionplan.gc.ca

Aussi disponible en francais: www.creerdesemplois.gc.ca.

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BACKGROUNDER

Projects included in the third component of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund



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Category Number of Projects
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Road infrastructure improvements, repairs and construction 82
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Cultural infrastructure improvements, repairs and construction 2
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Municipal infrastructure improvements, repairs and construction 8
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Total 92
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Projects funded by the federal and provincial governments through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund(i)

Road infrastructure improvements, repairs and construction

- Repairs to the structural systems of the Querbes overpass

- Redevelopment of the Highway 20 interchange ramps - Montarville

- Redevelopment of the Fer a cheval interchange and construction of a park-and-ride lot

- Construction of a noise abatement structure on Highway 440 in Laval

- Redevelopment of D'Auteuil Street in the town of Amqui

- Repairs to intersection 169-169 in Hebertville

- Highway 139 in the village of Wickham (urban area)

- Correction of the vertical profile, Highway 132, Gulf coast sector

- Correction of a substandard curve at KM 109 on Highway 389

- Repairs to parts of the deck on structure P-13531C on Highway 20 near Montmagny, over the CN railway tracks

- Correction of curves, Highway 198, Lake Baillargeon sector

- Relocation of Highway 198 bordering the York River

- Relocation of Highway 132, Les Eboulis sector

- Reconstruction of Route Mont-Saint-Pierre, the access road to the Gaspesie provincial park

- Redevelopment of Highway 132, Listuguj sector

- Correction of the curve and profile of Highway 167 at KM 165

- Repairs to curves on a 1.4-km stretch on Highway 155 under a Hydro-Quebec power line

- Correction of the vertical profile on Highway 359 near Cote Trepanier

- Repaving of Highway 55 in St Catherine de Hatley

- Wearing course on Highway 241 in Roxton township and the village of Roxton Falls

- Resurfacing of Highway 116 in Mont St Hilaire

- Reinforcement of Highway 335 in St Calixte

- Repairs to Blue Sea Road north of Blue Sea

- Repaving of Highway 301 in Portage du Ford

- Repairs to Highway 55 in Sherbrooke, from the Highway 222 viaduct northward (right-hand lane)

- Repairs to Highway 108 in Cookshire-Eaton

- Repairs to Highway 55 in Sherbrooke, from the Highway 222 viaduct northward (left-hand lane)

- Repairs to Highway 161 in Nantes

- Repairs to Highway 143 in Stanstead East

- Repairs to Highway 112 in Austin and Eastman

- Repairs to Highway 117 in Rouyn-Noranda

- Repairs to Highway 105 in La Peche

- Repairs to Highway 202 in St Pierre de Veronne a Pike River, Stanbridge Station and Bedford township

- Repairs to Highway 117 in Moncerf-Lytton

- Repairs to Highway 30 westbound, from Highway 10 to Chambly Road

- Repairs to Highway 317 in St Sixte and Lochaber

- Raising the profile of, and building a corrective layer and a wearing course on, a 3.98-km stretch of Highway 381 in the municipality of Ferland et Boilleau

- Repairs to Highway 155, from KM 228.3 to KM 230, in the municipality of Lac Bouchette

- Resurfacing of Highway 169 between Val Jalbert and Chambord - phase 1

- Resurfacing of Highway 113 between Chapais and the Highway 167 intersection

- Resurfacing on a 5-km stretch of Highway 167 in the municipalities of Roberval and Chambord

- Wearing course on a 6-km stretch of Highway 20 westbound near the Nicolet River

- Rebuilding of Highway 259 in the Nicolet urban area

- Wearing course on Highway 40 westbound between the Livernoche exit and the Riviere du Loup bridge in the municipality of Louiseville

- Wearing course on a 6-km stretch of Highway 153 in the municipality of Lac aux Sables

- Rebuilding of Principale Street in the St Remi de Tingwick urban area

- Wearing course on St Thomas Road in the municipality of St Etienne de Gres

- Wearing course on a 2.5-km stretch of Highway 157 in Trois Rivieres

- Wearing course on Highway 40 eastbound and westbound in Trois Rivieres between the Des Recollets exit and Highway 55

- Wearing course on Highway 40 westbound in the municipality of Maskinonge between the rest area and the Livernoche exit

- Wearing course on a 4.3-km stretch of Highway 352 in Trois Rivieres

- Reinforcement of the roadway on Highway 173 north of the municipality of Notre Dame des Pins

- Wearing course on a 6.2-km stretch of Highway 269 in the municipality of St Sylvestre

- Asphalt repairs on a 5.6-km stretch of Highway 321 in the municipality of Nominingue

- Asphalt repairs on a 4.6-km stretch of Highway 327 in the municipality of Montcalm

- Asphalt repairs on a 5-km stretch of Highway 131 in the municipality of St Zenon

- Repairs to a 8.6-km stretch of roadway on Highway 291 in the municipality of St Epiphane and St Francois Xavier de Viger.

- Repairs to a 5.5-km stretch of roadway on Highway 132 in the municipality of Gaspe (Penouille sector)

- Repairs to a 3.5-km stretch of roadway on Highway 293 in the municipality of St Cyprien

- Repairs to a 3.5-km stretch of roadway on Perreault Road eastbound in the municipalities of St Flavie and Mont Joli

- Repairs to a 3.5-km stretch of roadway on Highway 234 (western section) in the municipality of St Angele de Merici

- Repairs to a 3.3-km stretch of roadway on Rang Tom Fox in the municipality of Pohenegamook

- Repairs to the roadway of Highway 291 in the municipality of St Honore de Temiscouata

- Redevelopment of intersections on a 3.2-km stretch of Highway 440 in Laval

- Rebuilding of Bridge P-01870B on Highway 169 in the unorganized territory of Lac Achouakan

- Rebuilding of Bridge P-01870B on Highway 172 in the municipality of St Ambroise

- Repairs to Bridge P-03348 over the Saguenay River in Saguenay

- Repairs to Bridge P-03709 on Boudreault Avenue in the municipality of Alma

- Repairs to Bridge P-03724 on St Andre Street in the municipality of Metabetchouan-Lac a la Croix

- Repairs to a 2.5-km stretch of roadway on Highway 169 in the municipality of Hebertville

- Repairs to a 7.3-km stretch of roadway on Chemin Kempt in the municipalities of St Octave de Metis and Padoue

- Wearing course and planing of a 5.4-km stretch of Highway 31 in the municipalities of St Thomas, Lavaltrie and Joliette

- Wearing course on a 6-km stretch of Highway 20 in the municipality of Vaudreuil-Dorion

- Correction of a substandard curve in Anse a Jobin

- Rebuilding of Bridge P-0034A on Highway 113 in the municipality of Baie James

- Wearing course on Highway 138, Petite Riviere St Francois

- Widening of Highway 138

- Chemin du Hibou and First Avenue in Stoneham

- Repairs to Highway 362

- Wearing course on Highway 381, north of St Urbain

- Construction of an auxiliary lane for slow-moving vehicles on Highway 138 east of St Hilarion

- Roadway resurfacing and paving of shoulders on Highway 169 in the unorganized territory of Lac Jacques Cartier


Cultural infrastructure improvements, repairs and construction

- Drummondville Cultural Centre

- Expansion of the Monique Corriveau Library


Municipal infrastructure improvements, repairs and construction

- Replacement of sanitary and storm sewers in Milan

- Development of Kenogami's downtown

- Modification of water and sewer infrastructure in Plaisance

- Repairs to and expansion of the multipurpose municipal building in St Flavien

- Reinforcement of the major water system pipes in Quebec City

- Construction of a multi-generational training centre in L'Ancienne-Lorette

- Replacement of sewer pipes, Maizerets district of Quebec City

- East-west link between Montolieu Street and the Laurentian Autoroute in Quebec City

(i) The details about many of these projects will be announced in the next few days.


Infrastructure Stimulus Fund in Quebec

On September 13, 2009, Canada and Quebec announced a joint investment of just over $303 million for 92 infrastructure projects that will enable the creation of jobs and will help to stimulate the economy.

To date, 208 projects have been announced under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, for a total joint government contribution of over $858 million.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government established a new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to provide funding for construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding is available for two years for work that will be completed during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons. The contribution from the Government of Quebec comes out of the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, which was enhanced in January 2009 and now has a budget of nearly $42 billion for a number of infrastructure renewal projects over the next five years.

About the program

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, as well as the funding made available by Quebec, complements existing federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term economic stimulus objectives. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund has adopted construction-readiness as the main project selection criterion. The projects selected will focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets, such as water and wastewater infrastructure, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks and trails. For provincial projects, the federal and provincial governments will each contribute up to 50 per cent of eligible costs. For municipal projects and projects for private non-profit organizations, the federal and provincial governments will contribute up to two-thirds of eligible costs, while the remaining third are to be provided by the municipalities and private non-profit organizations.

Infrastructure Stimulus Fund at Work in Quebec

The Province is quite familiar with its infrastructure needs across the region, as well as the projects that, by their nature, are the most likely to get off the ground quickly and stimulate the economy in the short term. The Government of Quebec thus identified projects that would meet the eligibility criteria of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and that would also meet the province's long-term needs. Each application was evaluated according to criteria such as readiness, federal environmental assessment (EA) requirements and the funding requested by the applicant.

Since the launch of PRECO on April 6, 2009, the Government of Canada has announced that up to $350 million in ISF funding would be set aside for PRECO-approved projects. The joint Canada-Quebec contribution could reach $700 million.

In addition, on July 28, 2009, the governments of Canada and Quebec announced joint funding for a group of 24 Quebec projects, as well as an additional 92 projects on August 27, 2009, through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.


Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potable et d'eaux usees (PRECO)

As part of the new $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Government of Canada is targeting projects that could start during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 construction seasons and contribute to job creation.

The Government of Canada has set aside up to $350 million for projects identified under the Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potable et d'eaux usees (PRECO). Federal funding will specifically target projects that could start during the next two construction seasons.

PRECO will also receive $350 million from the Government of Quebec. This program will allow Quebec's municipalities to repair or replace drinking water and waste water pipes. The projects will be chosen following a competitive process under which municipalities will have to submit their proposals for review.

The Government of Canada supports a stronger economy, promotes job creation and contributes to the prosperity of communities across Quebec and Canada. This is why, thanks to federal funding, major infrastructure projects have been carried out in Quebec.

For more information on PRECO, visit the Ministere des Affaires municipales, des Regions et de l'Occupation du territoire's website at http://www.mamrot.gouv.qc.ca (available in French only).

Municipalities funded by the federal and provincial governments under the joint pipeline renewal program - le Programme de renouvellement des conduites (PRECO)
September 13, 2009

Following is a list of 63 municipalities who are receiving $80,114,440 in joint government funding:



- L'Ancienne-Lorette
- Sainte-Therese
- Saint-Eustache
- Gatineau
- Sainte-Catherine
- Sainte-Elisabeth
- Saint-Tite
- Saint-Thomas
- Sainte-Marie
- Valcourt
- Lac-Brome
- Hampstead
- Saint-Denis-sur-Richelieu
- Delson
- Causapscal
- Laval
- Saint-Paul
- La Trinite-des-Monts
- Saint-Francois-du-Lac
- Lac-Etchemin
- Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare
- Charlemagne
- Saint-Felix-de-Valois
- Repentigny
- Boucherville
- Saint-Cesaire
- Saint-Georges
- Les Escoumins
- Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez
- Louiseville
- Rouyn-Noranda
- Lac Megantic
- Lac Beauport
- Prevost
- Saint-Gedeon-de-Beauce
- Val-Morin
- Berthierville
- Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
- Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
- Saint-Victor
- Pointe-des-Cascades
- Saint-Luce
- Lotbiniere
- Bromont
- Westmount
- Saint-Nazaire
- Deleage
- Longueuil
- Saint-Eugene-d'Argentenay
- Boischatel
- Brownsburg-Chatham
- Beaupre
- L'Ascension-de-Notre-Seigneur
- Roberval
- Lachute
- Candiac
- Val-David
- Saint-Gedeon
- Sainte-Monique
- Saint-Agapit
- Saint-Prime
- Saint-Joachim
- Saint-Barnabe

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs,
    President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Jean-Nicolas Marchand
    Regional Affairs Director
    418-558-8140
    or
    Office of Minister John Baird
    Press Secretary
    Chris Day
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Minister of Employment
    and Social Solidarity, Minister of Labour
    and Minister Responsible for the Quebec
    City Region
    Alexandre Boucher
    418-643-4810
    or
    Office of the President of the Treasury Board
    and Minister Responsible for Government
    Administration
    Genevieve Villemure Denis
    Press Secretary
    418-643-5926