Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

June 16, 2009 12:00 ET

Pipeline Renewal Program (PRECO): A Canada-Quebec Partnership to Benefit the Monteregie Region

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - Canada's Minister of Public Works and Government Services, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and Quebec's Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Monteregie region, Nicole Menard, on behalf of Quebec's Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce a joint capital participation of $949,850 for the City of Saint-Hyacinthe, $1,665,300 for the City of Sainte-Julie and $348,000 for the City of Saint-Cesaire, through the federal-provincial agreement pertaining to the pipeline renewal program, le Programme de renouvellement des conduites (PRECO). Together with municipal contributions, investments totalling $4,444,725 will enable the completion of important infrastructure work in the Monteregie Region.

"Through the federal contribution to PRECO, the Government of Canada will create jobs and boost the economy," said Minister Paradis. "Today's announcement is a tangible example of our Government's commitment to invest $936 million for Quebec projects from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, of which $350 million will be for PRECO to revitalize water and wastewater pipelines throughout Quebec."

"Thanks to PRECO, the Cities of Saint-Hyacinthe, Sainte-Julie and Saint-Cesaire will be able to improve their water distribution and wastewater collection systems, which will ensure the quality of life of their citizens. These major investments will also retain many jobs in the Monteregie region, as well as ensure the sustainable development of a prosperous Quebec," added Minister Menard.

This announcement comes nearly two months after the priority PRECO announcement on March 26, 2009, by the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, and the Premier of Quebec, Mr. Jean Charest, which demonstrates the speed with which the federal and provincial governments are implementing this program. The launch of PRECO on April 6, 2009, is possible due to a joint contribution from Canada and Quebec of approximately $700 million. With municipal contributions, more than $1 billion will be available for projects that will be completed in the next two years.

PRECO is a simple and innovative program that will enable Quebec municipalities to conduct repairs or replace water and wastewater pipes. Investment priorities will be determined by the municipalities based on an action plan that they will have submitted to the Quebec Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy. The municipalities themselves are responsible for choosing between the repair or replacement of the pipes, which provides them more autonomy. The underground pipeline network for all Quebec municipalities stretches more than 80,000 km at an estimated value of over $60 billion.

The Government of Canada's contribution to PRECO comes from the new $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan announced in the January 2009 Budget. The federal government set aside up to $350 million of this fund for projects approved through PRECO.

The $350-million contribution from the Government of Quebec is part of the Quebec infrastructure plan, le Plan Quebecois des infrastructures, which was expanded in January 2009 and now includes an investment of almost $42 billion for renewing existing infrastructure throughout Quebec over the next five years.

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  • Officer of Canada's Minister of Transportation
    and Infrastructure
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada
    Office of the Quebec's Deputy Premier and
    Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions
    and Land Occupancy
    Christian Tanguay
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Tourism
    Minister responsible for the Monteregie region
    Emilie Rouleau
    Political Attache