Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

July 28, 2009 11:00 ET

Canada-Quebec Investment to Create Jobs and Stimulate the Quebec Economy

LAC-MEGANTIC, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 28, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, together with Johanne Gonthier, Member of the National Assembly for Megantic-Compton, are pleased to announce joint financial support for 24 projects in Quebec, under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. With the financial participation of municipalities and private not-for-profit organizations, a total investment of $181.7 million will enable the completion of this work.

"Projects such as the construction of a sports and multi-purpose centre in Lac-Megantic are good examples of the positive impact our Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is having on the lives of Quebecers," said Minister Paradis. "Today's announcement demonstrates our government's commitment to work with the Government of Quebec to speed up the start of infrastructure work and stimulate the economy. In Quebec and in Canada, our government is determined to maintain and create jobs to rebuild our economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians through sound, reliable, state-of-the-art technology."

"These investments bear witness to Quebec's commitment to quickly implement the vast undertaking to update our public infrastructure, as put forward by the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures," said Minister Lessard. "In proposing this plan, the government moved swiftly to provide Quebec with an advantage. With the support of the federal government, we are now able to accelerate the completion of work in order to support economic activity and jobs throughout our regions," the minister continued.

"I am thrilled that the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund will be launched in the riding I represent in the National Assembly. The efforts of the government of Canada and Quebec, combined with the participation of municipalities and private not-for-profit organizations will directly stimulate prosperity in our regions, while ensuring the sustainability of our infrastructure for ourselves and for future generations," declared Member Gonthier.

Approved projects include the construction of a multi-purpose centre in Lac-Megantic, in the Eastern Townships; the improvement of tracks for the Dorion-Rigaud, Delson-Candiac and Blainville-St. Jerome commuter trains; and the construction of theatre in Saint-Georges de Beauce, in Chaudiere-Appalaches. In addition, the bicycle path network of Jonquiere and the integration link of Veloroute des Bleuets; will also be improved.

The Government of Canada's contribution to these projects comes from the new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, part of Canada's Economic Action Plan announced in the January 2009 Budget. The Government of Canada is committed to invest $936 million from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund in projects in Quebec.

The federal and provincial governments will each cover half of the eligible costs of provincial projects, whereas for municipal or agency projects, the distribution share of costs among the three levels of governments could vary.

The Quebec government's contribution is being made under the Plan quebecois des infrastructures, which was expanded in January 2009 and now has a budget of nearly $42 billion to be spent on infrastructure renewal in Quebec over the next five years.

Additional information:

For further information on infrastructure investments, consult the www.creatingjobs.gc.ca and www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca websites.

For further information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

For further information on the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan quebecois des infrastructures, visit www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fr/infrastructure.


BACKGROUNDER

Projects financed by the federal and provincial governments as per the terms of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (i)

Project Title


Improvement and renovation of public transit infrastructures

Replacement and addition of switch heaters and track surfacing for the Dorion-Rigaud, Delson-Candiac, and Blainville-St-Jerome commuter trains

Improvement of signage and road infrastructure in Monteregie


Improvement, renovation and construction of cultural infrastructure

Construction of a 700-seat theatre in Saint-Georges, in the Beauce region

Expansion of the Alcoa art centre in Baie-Comeau

Renovation and upgrade of facilities in the J.M.C Orford art centre., in the Orford Townships

Relocation of la Cooperative de solidarite Paradis to downtown Rimouski

Upgrade of the Chandler theatre

Restoration and upgrade of the Maison de la culture Francis-Brisson in Shawinigan

Upgrade and expansion of the Belcourt Theatre in Baie-du-Febvre

Conversion of the BeauLieu culturel de Temiscouata to group several cultural services together

Equipment upgrade in the theatre of the old factory in l'Anse-a-Beaufils

Restoration of the former Tring Junction train station and a public library


Improvement, renovation and construction of municipal infrastructures

Lac Megantic multipurpose centre

Resurfacing of the Lac Etchemin art and cultural centre

Cultural and sports centre in Sainte-Marie, in the Beauce region

Ramp for Highway 40 and Donnaconna city boulevard

Enhanced bicycle path network, in Jonquiere and integration link with the Veloroute des bleuets

Secteur du Massif du Sud - water supply and water supply system

Repairs to water mains, sanitary and storm sewers, roadwork of Principal (Route 173) and du Point (Route 112) streets - Vallee Jonction

Construction of a multipurpase centre for la cite des retraites and the population of Larouche

Construction of a road and and infrastructures to refit la cite des retraites of Larouche

Construction of a multipurpose centre - Mellon Pavillion in St-Jacques Park in the City of Saguenay

Construction of the Wakefield-la Peche community centre,

Improvement work and the expansion of l'Ecole de cirque de Quebec

(i) Other projects will be announced over the next few days.


BACKGROUNDER

Infrastructure Stimulus Fund in Quebec

On July 28, 2009, Canada and Quebec announced a joint investment of over $130 million for 24 infrastructure projects that will help create jobs and stimulate the economy.

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

About the program

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the funding made available by Quebec complement existing federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund will focus on construction-readiness as the main project selection criterion. The full $4 billion will be distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. The projects chosen 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 fifty percent of eligible costs. For municipal projects and projects proposed by private not-for-profit organizations, the federal and provincial governments will contribute up to two thirds of eligible costs, with the municipalities and private not-for-profit organizations expected to contribute the remaining one third.

Infrastructure Stimulus Fund at Work in Quebec

The Quebec government is well acquainted with infrastructure needs throughout the province, as well as the projects that, by their nature, are the most likely to be able to get off the ground quickly in order to stimulate the economy in the short term. The Quebec government has thus identified projects that met the eligibility criteria of the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and that would also meet the province's longer-term needs. Each application was evaluated according to criteria such as readiness, federal environmental assessment requirements, and the funding requested by the applicant.



Category Number of Projects

Improvement and renovation of
public transport infrastructure 2

Improvement, renovation and
construction of cultural infrastructure 10

Improvement, renovation and
construction of municipal infrastructure 12

TOTAL 24


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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Christian Paradis
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante, Press Secretary
    613-218-6961
    Mary-Ann.Dewey-Plante@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050
    or
    Office of Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148