Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

July 08, 2009 13:46 ET

Canada-Quebec Partnership to Benefit Montreal

A major investment to create jobs, stimulate the economy and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable environment

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 8, 2009) - The Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Mr. Laurent Lessard, together with the Minister for Families and Member of the National Assembly (MNA) of de la Fontaine, Mr. Tony Tomassi, are today pleased to announce a partnership between the governments of Canada and Quebec to improve a wastewater treatment facility in Montreal. This federal-provincial investment of up to $127.5 million will stimulate the economy and create jobs.

"The Government of Canada works closely with the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal to improve the quality of life for Montrealers" declared Minister Paradis. "This investment demonstrates the will of our government, under the leadership of Stephen Harper, to react quickly against the effects of the world economic crisis."

"By providing the means to leave infrastructure in good condition for future generations, the Government of Quebec unequivocally commits to intergenerational equity and sustainable development. In fact, Quebec's important contribution, announced today in Montreal, will be used to upgrade a wastewater treatment facility which will have a significant impact on the well-being of residents. This additional major project is part of the Quebec infrastructure plan for the upgrade, renewal and maintenance of public infrastructure in Quebec," added Minister Lessard.

"This work will ensure that effluent from the Jean R. Marcotte water treatment plant, which spills in the St. Lawrence river, meets the environmental disposal goals dictated by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks, in addition to minimizing the risks to public health," added minister Tomassi.

This government assistance will be used specifically to improve the disinfection process for wastewater at the Jean-R.-Marcotte treatment plant, which is situated in the east end of the city. This work will improve the quality of raw water drawn from the St. Lawrence by water treatment centres situated downstream to the output of the Jean-R-Marcotte wastewater treatment plant.

The Governments of Canada and Quebec could each contribute up to $63.75 million, for a total government contribution of up to $127.5 million. To this amount, the City of Montreal will contribute $22.5 million to complete the tripartite funding allocated to this project.

These investments meet the commitments made by the Governments of Canada and Quebec to contribute to a healthier and more sustainable environment, to stimulate the economy, to maintain stability and to protect jobs despite the economic slowdown.

This federal investment is in addition to the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which will accelerate and expand the existing federal investments of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years, including in Quebec.

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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
    Infrastructure Canada
    Office of the Minister for Families
    Isabelle Mercille
    Press Secretary