Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

July 09, 2009 10:00 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the Municipality of Petite-Vallee With a First Payment of $51,833 From the Transfer of a Portion of the Federal Gas Tax Revenues...

...and the Government of Quebec's Contribution

PETITE-VALLEE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 9, 2009) - The Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Christian Paradis, along with the Member of the National Assemby (MNA) for Gaspe and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr. Georges Mamelonet, on behalf of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Mr. Laurent Lessard, are pleased to announce that the Municipality of Petite-Vallee will receive $51,833 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 Petite-Vallee, which will receive a total of $234,623 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.

The Municipality of Petite-Vallee will use the funds for the hydrogeological evaluation of drinking water supply wells, under the groundwater collection regulation as well as to develop a response plan for the replacement of its water lines.

"Water is one of our most precious resources and this federal-provincial partnership will continue to improve the quality of water infrastructure for the citizens of the Municipality of Petite-Vallee, and will permit the creation of jobs," declared 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 is now a $2 billion annual commitment to Canada's municipalities. 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."

"Today's announcement testifies the will of the Government of Quebec to support municipalities in their efforts to ensure the continuity of their infrastructure. The Municipality of Petite-Vallee will now be able to rely on a recurring funding source to complete priority work and offer their citizens the quality services they deserve. 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 $3.6 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 Mamelonet.

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
    Office of the Deputy Premier and
    Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary
    418-691-2050
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148