Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

July 11, 2008 11:02 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the City of Lac-Megantic and the Municipalities of Frontenac and Milan With Their First Payment From the Transfer of a Portion...

...of the Federal Gas Tax Revenues and the Government of Quebec's Contribution

LAC-MEGANTIC, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 11, 2008) - The Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, Secretary of State for Agriculture and MP for Megantic-L'Erable, the Honourable Christian Paradis, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and the MNA for Megantic-Compton and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, Johanne Gonthier, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announced today that the City of Lac-Megantic and the municipalities of Frontenac and Milan will share $635,003 under the federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution. This is the first payment for these three municipalities which will receive a total of $1,587,507 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.



Allocation of the funds will be as follows:

Municipalities First Payment Total Contributions
Lac-Megantic $ 375 754 $ 939 384
Frontenac $ 159 197 $ 397 993
Milan $ 100 052 $ 250 130
Total $ 635 003 $ 1 587 507


"The funding announced today to the City of Lac-Megantic and the municipalities of Frontenac and Milan, under the Gas Tax Fund agreement, is a concrete example of the Government of Canada's commitment to support a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and more prosperous communities in Quebec," said Secretary of State Paradis. "In the Government's $33 billion Building Canada Plan, the Gas Tax Fund will provide $11.8 billion nationally from 2007 until 2014. Budget 2008 announced that the Gas Tax Fund will become permanent beyond 2013-14 at $2 billion per year. This ensures municipalities continue to have access to a reliable source of funds as they get on with building the infrastructure they need."

"The funding announced today is a reflection of our commitment to improve the quality of life of residents. This means the City of Lac-Megantic and the municipalities of Frontenac and Milan will now be able to rely on stable funding, which will facilitate the planning of the work that needs to be done. Another proof that the Government of Quebec recognizes the importance of the sustainability of infrastructure is the recent announcement of the extension of Quebec's contribution of $1.15 billion for the period ending in March 2015. These investments are part of the Plan quebecois des infrastructures that foresees an investment of $30 billion for the 2007-2012 period, of which $3.15 billion will be used to maintain and improve municipal infrastructure. The repair and modernization of public infrastructure is a priority for the Government of Quebec," added the MNA for Megantic-Compton.

The goal of the 2005 Canada-Quebec Agreement is to provide funding for the renewal of municipal and local infrastructure, and specifically for municipal drinking water, wastewater, local road system and public transit infrastructure, within a context of sustainable development. The Government of Canada will provide the Government of Quebec a total of $1.34 billion for the 2005-2009 period, to which Quebec will add $475.7 million, for a grand total of $1.8 billion. Including contributions from municipalities, $2.3 billion will go toward renewing municipal infrastructure. The funds will be administered by the Societe de financement des infrastructures locales du Quebec (SOFIL).

Egalement offert en francais : www.infrastructure.gc.ca/

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Karine White
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Office of the Deputy Premier and
    Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions
    Melanie Fortier
    418-691-2050