Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

February 20, 2009 14:30 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the City of Mascouche With a First Paymentof $2 901,407 From the Transfer of a Portion of the Federal Gas Tax Revenues...

...and the Government of Quebec's Contribution

MASCOUCHE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - The Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Member of Parliament for Megantic-L'Erable, the Honourable Christian Paradis, along with the Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the Lanaudiere Region, Mr. David Whissell, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the City of Mascouche will receive $2 901,407 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 to Mascouche, which will receive a total of $4 835,677 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.

The City of Mascouche is using the funds for its project concerning the extension of its potable water system, the rehabilitation of many wastewater pumping stations, and the diagnosis of the status of its water infrastructure.

"Canada's economic growth is the Government of Canada's main focus," said Minister Paradis. "In Canada's Economic Action Plan, we announced funding of close to $12 billion over two years to boost infrastructure investments. This funding is additional to the money already flowing through the Gas Tax Fund, which benefits the City of Mascouche. Through our infrastructure commitments, the Government of Canada supports a stronger economy, creates jobs and allows communities in Quebec and in Canada to be more prosperous."

"The funding announced today is a reflection of our commitment to improve the quality of life of citizens. This means that the City of Mascouche 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 $41.8 billion for the 2008-2013 period, of which $3.15 billion will be used to maintain and improve municipal infrastructure. Repairing and modernizing public infrastructure is a priority for the Government of Quebec," added Minister Whissell.

"We are very pleased with this partnership as it will benefit all of our citizens" said Ms. Denise Paquette, Acting Mayor for the City of Mascouche.
The goal of the Agreement on the transfer of federal Gas Tax revenues made between Canada and Quebec in 2005 is to provide funding for the renewal of municipal and local infrastructure, and specifically for municipal drinking water, wastewater, local roads and public transit infrastructure, within a context of sustainable development. From 2005 to 2010, Quebec will receive $1.151 billion from the Gas Tax Fund, in addition to the Government of Quebec's contribution of $475.7 million. The funds will be administered by the Societe de financement des infrastructures locales du Quebec (SOFIL).

Moreover, Canada's Economic Action Plan includes the acceleration and expansion of recent historic federal investments in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years.

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

Contact Information

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    Infrastructure Canada
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