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Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

November 14, 2013 14:30 ET

Governments and Quebec City Celebrate Completion of the Reconstructed Cyrille-Delage Dam

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

- Project made possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund

QUÉBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 14, 2013) - Government representatives joined Québec City residents today to celebrate improvements to the City's drinking water infrastructure, thanks to the recent reconstruction of the Cyrille-Delage Dam.

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec; Agnès Maltais, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions and Member of the National Assembly for Taschereau; and Steeve Verret, Executive Committee Member and Councillor for Lac-Saint-Charles-Saint-Émile, toured the new facility, which benefitted from a close to $10-million contribution from the federal Gas Tax Fund.

"Our Government understands the importance of supporting local infrastructure projects like the Cyrille-Delage Dam, which will improve water infrastructure right here in Québec City and will benefit residents both today and for years to come," said Minister Lebel. "We are also proud to announce that the second installment of Canada's Gas Tax Fund for 2013 is being made available across Quebec, as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada."

"I am very happy to participate in today's event, marking the completion of the reconstruction of the Cyrille-Delage Dam. With this major new infrastructure project, Québec City is able to provide drinking water of sufficient quality and quantity to its residents, thereby promoting their health and well-being, in addition to enhancing the community's public services. Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental right, an essential service for all," said Minister Maltais.

The new Cyrille-Delage Dam, built to the same height and water holding capacity as its predecessor, is now better equipped to deal with flooding thanks to an improved sleeper wall and banked edge work. The dam, which holds close to 15.6 million cubic feet of water, supplies drinking water for Québec City.

The Government of Quebec's contribution to the project was made under the 2013-2023 Quebec Infrastructure Plan unveiled in April. This 10-year plan will provide a total investment of $8.1 billion under the municipal infrastructure component. It will have a major economic impact on Quebec as a whole, creating or maintaining on average nearly 60,000 jobs a year. The plan signals a shift in investment in and management of public infrastructure. This new way of doing things will enable the province to assess prospective needs, in keeping with Quebecers' priorities, to accurately measure associated costs and to make informed choices.

The federal Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to municipalities across the country to build and revitalize their local infrastructure. The Government of Canada has now made the Gas Tax Fund a permanent transfer that will grow from its current $2 billion per year while providing increased flexibility on how the money can be used to fund local infrastructure priorities. Since the program began, Québec City has received a joint federal-provincial contribution of approximately $291.9 million from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure.

The objective of the federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal gas tax revenues, signed by Quebec and Canada, is to provide funding for the renewal of municipal and local infrastructure focusing on sustainable development, in particular in relation to drinking water, wastewater, local roads and public transit. Since the program began, Quebec communities have benefitted from $3 billion from the Government of Canada and $1.4 billion from the Government of Quebec. To date, the Government of Canada has invested over $13 billion in Canada's municipal infrastructure through the Gas Tax Fund alone.

Additional information

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca or follow us on Twitter at @INFC_eng.

For more information on the Plan québécois des infrastructures, visit www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca/plan-infrastructure/index.asp. (available only in French)

For further information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Marie-Josee Paquette, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1848

    Marie-Eve Imonti
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    514-873-2622

    Melanie Harvey, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Labour, Employment and
    Social Solidarity, Minister responsible for the
    Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions and
    Member of the National Assembly for Taschereau
    418-643-4810

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll Free: 1-877-250-7154

    Caroline St-Pierre
    Communications Branch
    Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs,
    Regions and Land Occupancy
    418-691-2015