Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

May 21, 2010 10:52 ET

The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the Parish of Sainte-Henedine With a First Payment of $278,787 From the Transfer of a Portion of the Federal Gas Tax Revenues...

...and the Contribution From the Government of Quebec

SAINTE-HENEDINE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Member of Parliament for Beauce, and Laurent Lessard, the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalache region, are pleased to announce that the Parish of Sainte-Hénédine will receive $278,787 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 the Parish of Sainte-Hénédine, which will receive a total of $348,787 to undertake major infrastructure work.

The Parish of Sainte-Hénédine will use the funds to develop an action plan and televised inspection plan for the renewal of pipelines and repairs to Saint-Alfred and Saint-Gabriel roads.

"Canada's economic recovery is at the heart of our Government's priorities," declared MP Bernier, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "This important investment will create jobs as well as improve the quality of life for residents of Sainte-Hénédine. This is also a wonderful example of the impact of doubling the payments from the Gas Tax Fund, which now represent an annual commitment of $2 billion to Canadian communities."

"The funding granted today demonstrates our desire to contribute to the well-being of citizens. The Parish of Sainte-Hénédine will now be able to rely on investments that have already been established, which will facilitate the planning of infrastructure work to be undertaken. These investments are part of the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan québécois des infrastructures, which provides for an investment of $41.8 billion for the 2008-2013 period, of which $3.6 billion will be used to maintain and upgrade municipal infrastructure. Repairing and modernizing infrastructure is a priority for the Government of Quebec," added Minister Lessard.

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 within a context of sustainable development, in particular for water, wastewater, local roads and public transit. Since 2005, Quebec has received $1.151 billion from the Gas Tax Fund, in addition to the Government of Quebec contribution of $475.7 million. The recently extended Canada-Quebec agreement provides for additional Government of Canada support of $1.85 billion between 2010 and 2014, in addition to Quebec's contribution of over $927 million, for a total of $2.78 billion. The disbursement of funds will be administered by the Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL).

In addition, 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.

Aussi disponible en français à www.infrastructure.gc.ca/

Contact Information

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