Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

November 20, 2009 13:56 ET

Quebec Municipalities to Benefit From Canada-Quebec Investments in Infrastructure

Acceleration in investments under the Building Canada Fund-Quebec - Communities Component and the Pipeline Renewal Program (Programme de renouvellement des conduits - PRECO) improve the quality of life for Quebecers

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2009) - The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, the Honourable John Baird, together with the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Mr. Laurent Lessard, along with the Minister for Transport, Minister responsible for the Outaouais Region and Member of the National Assembly for Papineau, Mr. Norman MacMillan, announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec have committed all monies under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund-Quebec. This represents approximately 100 projects with a total value of nearly $569 million that will help to revitalize our municipal infrastructure and contribute to job creation.

"Accelerating our investments under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund-Quebec is part of our Economic Action Plan, which is intended to create jobs and stimulate our economy," said Minister John Baird. "The facts speak for themselves. By working together, we have been able to launch one of the most ambitious infrastructure programs in the history of our country. We can see construction projects all over Quebec, and these will have tangible and sustainable impacts that will promote the competitiveness of municipalities while improving the quality of life for all Quebecers."

"By providing the means to leave infrastructure in good shape for future generations, the Government of Quebec is unequivocally committed to intergenerational equity and sustainable development. Quality infrastructure is thus an essential element of a modern and rich economy. It is the main element of a Quebec in a new era of prosperity," said Minister Laurent Lessard.

The governments of Quebec and Canada have each provided almost $202 million for approximately 100 projects, which represents more than $404 million in total government assistance, while the municipalities concerned have provided the remaining costs, for a total of just over $569 million of work.

The community projects will help a number of Quebec municipalities improve their infrastructure. Thanks to the amounts from the governments of Canada and Quebec, these communities can revitalize their infrastructure that have pressing needs, such as water filtration stations, water supply networks, local roads, and cultural and sports centres.

In addition, the federal and provincial representatives congratulated the City of Gatineau for its 28 projects that received close to $16 million from the governments of Canada and Quebec through PRECO. They also encouraged Quebec municipalities to continue submitting applications under PRECO since funding is still available. This program enables Quebec municipalities to complete the rehabilitation or replacement of water distribution and wastewater collection pipes.

This contribution announced by the Government of Canada has been granted through Canada's Economic Action Plan. For further details about this plan, visit

For additional information on the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, consult the web site.

For further details on the Building Canada Fund-Quebec and the submission of funding applications, visit and

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and
    Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary