Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

September 24, 2010 14:59 ET

The Federal and Quebec Governments Provide Support to 38 Municipalities of the Estrie Region for Infrastructure Projects

Transfer of part of the Gasoline Excise Tax revenue 2010-2014

LAC-MÉGANTIC, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2010) - The Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and the Member of the National Assembly for Mégantic-Compton and Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, Johanne Gonthier, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Quebec's Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, are pleased to announce that 38 municipalities of the Estrie region, will receive $21,414,830 through the federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Quebec government's contribution. These funds will be used for public transit and to carry out major infrastructure projects.

The objective of the federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues, signed by Quebec and the federal government in 2005, is to provide funding for the renewal of municipal and local infrastructure, focusing on sustainable development and particularly for drinking water, wastewater, local road networks, solid waste management, energy efficiency improvements of buildings and public transit.

"Our government is proud of its commitment to provide stable, long-term funding to each municipality to provide support for infrastructure projects that will make a difference in the lives of local residents," declared Minister Paradis. "In 2008, our government responded to the call from municipalities by announcing the extension of the Gas Tax Fund and by doubling the transfer to $2 billion per year across the country. This support will help create quality jobs and improve the quality of life of Canadians."

"New monies are available to municipalities for the period 2010-2014, through the Gas Tax Fund and the Quebec government's contribution. The government funding totals 2.1 billion for the duration of the program. These new funding measures will help 38 municipalities of Mégantic-Compton to invest in their local infrastructure based on their needs and priorities. It is an excellent opportunity for the municipalities to gain access to a stable, reliable and predictable source of funding to carry out projects that are essential to the development of our communities and improving the quality of life of residents," explained MNA Gonthier.

Since 2005, Quebec has received $1.151 billion from the Gas Tax Fund, delivered by Infrastructure Canada, in addition to the Quebec government's contribution of $475.7 million. During the 2010–2014 period, Quebec can expect to receive total funding of $2.8 billion, including $2.1 billion for drinking water, wastewater, local road networks, solid waste management and energy efficiency improvements of buildings, as well as $700 million for public transit. The funds are delivered by the Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL).

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Municipalities Federal-Provincial Contributions
Ascot Corner $834,013
Audet $464,825
Bury $575,714
Chartierville $411,651
Cookshire-Eaton $1,332,255
Dixville $465,203
Dudswell $670,518
East Angus $988,235
East Hereford $404,271
Frontenac $648,567
Hampden $379,293
La Patrie $486,019
Lac-Drolet $557,358
Lac-Mégantic $1,484,585
Lambton $647,053
Lingwick $426,790
Marston $470,691
Martinville $429,250
Milan $392,539
Nantes $610,910
Newport $498,886
Notre-Dame-des-Bois $526,325
Piopolis $409,570
Saint-Augustin-de-Woburn $475,043
Sainte-Cécile-de-Whitton $504,942
Sainte-Edwidge-de-Clifton $420,356
Saint-Herménégilde $479,396
Saint-Isidore-de-Clifton $490,182
Saint-Malo $439,847
Saint-Romain $461,419
Saint-Sébastien $476,179
Saint-Venant-de-Paquette $363,398
Scotstown $450,065
Stornoway $444,199
Stratford $541,274
Val-Racine $365,101
Weedon $868,831
Westbury $520,080
  $21,414,830

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport and
    Infrastructure Canada
    Jacques Fauteux
    Director, Policy and Communications
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Constituency Office of MNA for Megantic-Compton
    Veronique Lachance
    Political Advisor
    819-583-4500
    or
    Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Caroline Saint-Pierre
    Communications Directorate
    418-691-2015