Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

July 12, 2010 11:06 ET

The Federal and Quebec Governments Provide Support to the Municipalities of Arthabaska for Infrastructure Projects

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

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) - The Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and the Member of the National Assembly for Arthabaska, Claude Bachand, on behalf of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region, Laurent Lessard, are pleased to announce that 10 municipalities of Arthabaska will receive $17,588,400 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 support 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 jobs in our country's municipalities and improve the quality of life of Canadians."

"From 2010-2014, through the federal Gas Tax Fund and Quebec's contribution, new funding is available to municipalities. The available government assistance totals $2.1 billion across the life of the program. These new funding measures will help the 10 municipalities of Arthabaska to plan their investments 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 Claude Bachand.

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 $2.6 billion, with $2.1 billion for drinking water, wastewater, road networks, solid waste management and energy efficiency improvements as well as $500 million for public transit. The funds are delivered by the Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL).

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Arthabaska Federal-Provincial Contributions 2010-2014
Chesterville $517,999
Plessisville (City) $1,616,147
Plessisville (Parish) $827,200
Princeville $1,410,218
Saint-Christophe-d'Arthabaska $861,072
Sainte-Hélène-de-Chester $405,596
Saint-Norbert-d'Arthabaska(1) $890,101
Saint-Rosaire $490,749
Saint-Valère $580,634
Victoriaville $9,988,684

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport
    and Infrastructure Canada
    Jacques Fauteux
    Infrastructure Canada
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions
    and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa, Press Secretary
    Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Caroline Saint-Pierre
    Communications Directorate