Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

February 18, 2009 16:15 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the Municipality of La Patrie With a First Payment of $183,338 From the Transfer of a Portion of the Federal Gas Tax Revenues...

... and the Government of Quebec's Contribution

LA PATRIE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2009) - The Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Member of Parliament for Megantic-L'Erable, the Honourable Christian Paradis, along with the MNA for Megantic-Compton and Parliamentary Assistant for the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, Ms. Johanne Gonthier, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the Municipality of La Patrie will receive $183,338 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 La Patrie, which will receive a total of $305,563 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.

The Municipality of La Patrie will use the funds to proceed with a response plan and the replacement of aqueduct sections on Road 257, between Gariepy Street and Road 212 (segment 29) and between Racine and Gariepy streets (segment 28).

"Canada's economic growth is our Government'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 Municipality of La Patrie. 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 Municipality of La Patrie 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 MNA Gonthier.

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

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Office of the Deputy Premier
    and Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    Louise Quintin
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050