Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

April 22, 2008 11:00 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the City of Metabetchouan-Lac-a-la-Croix With a First Payment of $293,506 From the Transfer of a Portion of the Federal Gasoline Excise...

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

METABETCHOUAN-LAC-A-LA-CROIX, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - Denis Lebel, MP for Roberval - Lac-Saint-Jean, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Saguenay - Lac-Saint-Jean Region, Claude Bechard, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the City of Metabetchouan-Lac-a-la-Croix will receive $293,506 under the federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution. This is the first payment to Metabetchouan-Lac-a-la-Croix which will receive a total of $733,768 by the end of 2009, for important infrastructure projects.

"The funding announced today to the City of Metabetchouan-Lac-a-la-Croix, 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 Lebel. "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 recently made the Gas Tax Fund 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. With this agreement, the City of Metabetchouan-Lac-a-la-Croix will now be able to rely on stable funding, which will facilitate the planning of the work that needs to be done. The Plan quebecois des infrastructures foresees an investment of $30 billion within the next five years, of which $3.15 billion will be used to maintain and improve municipal infrastructure. As indicated in the plan, the repair and modernization of public infrastructure is a priority for the Government of Quebec," said Minister Bechard.

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 over five years, 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).

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  • Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Karine White
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada
    Office of the Deputy Premier and
    Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions
    Jonathan Trudeau
    Press Secretary