SHAWINIGAN, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Feb. 7, 2014) - Infrastructure Canada
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and the Honourable Sylvain Gaudreault, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Minister of Transport and Member of the National Assembly for Jonquière are pleased to announce that Shawinigan residents will soon benefit from significant upgrades and improvements to the City's water treatment system, thanks to investments from the governments of Canada and Quebec.
This project involves the construction of two drinking water treatment facilities: one with a water intake from lac à la Pêche and the other with an intake from lac des Piles. In addition, work will include the installation of an eight-kilometre water distribution system through the rang Saint-Mathieu, the expansion of Grand-Mère's drinking water reservoir and the rehabilitation of the chlorination system of the des Hêtres drinking water reservoir.
Construction of these two new facilities is scheduled to begin in September 2014 and is expected to be completed by July 2017.
- The governments of Canada and Quebec will each contribute up to $24.03 million to this project, for a total government assistance of up to $48.06 million. To this amount is added $16.02 million from the City of Shawinigan, which completes the tripartite funding for this project.
- Federal funding, from the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund, is conditional on the project meeting all of the requirements under the Building Canada Fund, including meeting legal obligations with respect to environmental assessments and Aboriginal consultations, as well as the signing of a contribution agreement.
- The Quebec government's contribution to this project is being made under the 2013-2023 Quebec Infrastructure Plan.
"Upgrades to Shawinigan's water treatment system will ensure a reliable and sustainable source of safe, clean water for residents for generations to come. Our Government's top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity and we are proud to invest in infrastructure projects, such as these significant upgrades to Shawinigan's water treatment system, which focus on promoting strong and prosperous communities in Quebec."
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
"I am very proud of the important financial support being provided to the City of Shawinigan to upgrade its drinking water supply facilities. This project is an invaluable investment in the future of the municipality, which will be able to provide quality drinking water for many years, thereby promoting the good health and well-being of its citizens. Our Government is working constantly in partnership with municipalities to ensure that every Quebecker can benefit from essential public services, such as access to quality drinking water."
Sylvain Gaudreault, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupation, Minister of Transport and Member of the National Assembly for Jonquière
Learn more about the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund at www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/bcf-fcc-eng.html#mic-vgi.
Learn more about federal investments in infrastructure in your region by visiting www.infrastructure.gc.ca/regions/regions-eng.html.
Consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at www.actionplan.gc.ca for more information on the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy.
Learn more about the Plan québécois des infrastructures by visiting: www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca/plan-infrastructure/index.asp (available only in French)