Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

August 12, 2008 15:30 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the City of Mercier With a First Payment of $617 466 From the Transfer of...

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

MERCIER, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2008) - The Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere and Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Jacques Gourde, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and the Minister of Revenue, Quebec Government House Leader, Minister responsible for the Monteregie Region and MNA for Chateauguay, Jean-Marc Fournier, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the City of Mercier will receive $617 466 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 Mercier, which will receive a total of $1 543 667 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.

The City of Mercier will use the funds to prepare an intervention plan that will help determine the state of the city's water supply system and sewage system, replace the watermains and sewage pipes below Argus, Allan, Sambault and Cote streets, as well as under Saint-Jean-Baptiste boulevard.

"The funding announced today for the City of Mercier, 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 MP Gourde. "As part of the Government of Canada'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 be 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 Mercier 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 Minister Fournier.

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
    Office of MP Jacques Gourde
    Sebastien Duclos
    Political Attache
    418-836-0970
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Office of the Deputy Premier and
    Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions
    Melanie Fortier
    418-691-2050
    or
    Office of Minister Jean-Marc Fournier
    Marie-Josee Dube
    Political Attache
    450-699-4136