Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

June 27, 2008 14:23 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the City of Saint-Lazare With a First Payment of $896,669...

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

SAINT-LAZARE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 27, 2008) - The Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Michael M Fortier, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and the MNA for Soulanges and Deputy Whip for the Quebec Government, Lucie Charlebois, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, announced today that the City of Saint-Lazare will receive $896,669 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 Saint-Lazare which will receive a total of $2,241,672 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.

"The funding announced today to the City of Saint-Lazare, 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 Minister Fortier. "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 would 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 since it means improving the services given to the population without the substantial fiscal burden to be absorbed by the tax payers. This means the City of Saint-Lazare will now be able to rely on stable funding, which will facilitate the planning of the work that needs to be done, and this until 2015, since our Government recently announced the extension of Quebec's contribution of $1.15 billion for the 2010-2015 period. This is another proof that the Government of Quebec recognizes the importance of the sustainability of infrastructure. 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," declared the MNA for Soulanges.

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 the Deputy Premier and
    Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions
    Jonathan Trudeau
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148