Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

April 06, 2009 15:15 ET

Canada-Quebec Partnership Benefits Municipalities Across Quebec

Programme de renouvellement des conduites d'eau potables et d'eaux usees (PRECO) officially launched

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 6, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services; Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec; Nathalie Normandeau, Deputy Premier and Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy; and Raymond Bachand, Quebec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, today announced the official launch of PRECO.

"Through the federal contribution to PRECO, the Government of Canada will help improve infrastructure in Quebec, ensuring municipalities will have access to quality drinking water for years to come," said Minister Paradis. "Major federal investments made under PRECO will stimulate the economy, create jobs and help improve Quebecers' quality of life."

As part of PRECO, the governments of Canada and Quebec will jointly invest some $700 million. The federal government will contribute up to $350 million in infrastructure stimulus funding for projects identified under this simple and innovative program. Combined with municipal contributions, over $1 billion will be available for projects that can begin construction over the next two years.

The Government of Canada's contribution to PRECO is made through the new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan announced in the 2009 Budget. Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Government of Canada has committed up to $350 million for projects identified under PRECO.

Canada's Economic Action Plan, announced in the 2009 Budget, will inject nearly $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funds over two years to stimulate the economy, create jobs, and meet the needs of communities in Canada, and will contribute to long-term economic growth through investments in public infrastructure such as roads, water treatment, green energy and public transit.

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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 (available in French only).

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada