Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

October 13, 2010 13:56 ET

The Federal and Quebec Governments Provide Support to the City of Drummondville for Infrastructure Projects

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

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) - The Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and Quebec's Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for Quebec Region, Laurent Lessard, are pleased to announce that the City of Drummondville will receive $16,520,127, 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 the City of Drummondville 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 Minister Lessard.

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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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Jacques Fauteux
    Director, Policy and Communications
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
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    or
    Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Caroline Saint-Pierre
    Communications Directorate
    418-691-2015