Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

May 14, 2009 14:24 ET

Federal Gas Tax Funding Extended to 2014

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) - The Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister announced today that communities across Quebec can now better plan for their long-term infrastructure needs thanks to a $1.8 billion extension of the Canada-Quebec Gas Tax Fund agreement from 2010 and 2014.

"As the Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated today, this extension of the federal Gas Tax agreement will enable the communities of Quebec to build and upgrade key infrastructure to improve their economic future and their quality of life," said Minister Baird. "In a time of economic uncertainty, our government is delivering real results to stimulate our economy and get Canadians back to work."

In Quebec, the Gas Tax Fund supports environmentally sustainable infrastructure, such as water, wastewater, public transit and local roads. From 2005 to 2014, Quebec communities will receive over $3 billion through the Gas Tax Fund. The Gas Tax Fund will become permanent in 2014.

In addition to extending the Gas Tax payment for four years, the Government of Canada is doubling the annual funding that Quebec receives through the Gas Tax Fund and making the funding available to municipalities almost three months early.

The Gas Tax Fund has already provided funding towards various initiatives that support water and wastewater infrastructure, local roads and public transit in Quebec, including: the rehabilitation of pipes in the City of Montmagny, upgrading drinking water and wastewater systems in boroughs across the City of Montreal, upgrading drinking water systems in Levis, the purchase of hybrid buses by the Societe de Transport de l'Outaouais and repairing roads in hundreds of communities across the province including in Bouchette, St-Marcel and Harrington.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. The Government of Quebec is working closely with the federal government to ensure that these funds are being spent on infrastructure priorities in these communities.

For more information about the federal Gas Tax Fund, please visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca or www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148