Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

February 19, 2009 15:00 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the Municipality of Lac-Des-Seize-Iles With a First Payment of $143,190 From the Transfer of a Portion of the Federal Gas Tax Revenues...

...and the Government of Quebec's Contribution

LAC-DES-SEIZE-ILES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2009) - Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, John Baird, along with the Minister of Labour, Minister responsible for the Laurentides Region and MNA for Argenteuil, 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 Municipality of Lac-des-Seize-Iles will receive $143,190 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 Lac-des-Seize-Iles, which will receive a total of $238,652 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.

The Municipality of Lac-des-Seize-Iles will use the funds to proceed with the rehabilitation of the municipal wharf, the replacement of the rain-water downpipe on Gagne Street, the profiling of ditches and the construction of detention and settling basins.

"Canada's economic growth is our Government's main focus," said Minister Baird. "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 Lac-des-Seize-Iles. 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 Lac-des-Seize-Iles 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.

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.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day, Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada
    Office of the Deputy Premier and
    Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy
    Louise Quintin, Press Secretary
    Minister of Labour's Constituency Office
    Melanie Cayer
    Political Attache