Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

May 17, 2010 10:00 ET

Program for the Renewal of Drinking Water and Wastewater Pipes (PRECO): Canada-Quebec Partnership to Benefit Three Municipalities in Temiscamingue

SAINT-EDOUARD-DE-FABRE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - The Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Christian Paradis, and the Member of the National Assembly for Rouyn-Noranda - Témiscamingue, Daniel Bernard, on behalf of the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Laurent Lessard, are pleased to announce a joint financial contribution of $1,826,390 to three projects in the region of Témiscamingue under a federal-provincial agreement made in relation to the Program for the renewal of drinking water and wastewater pipes (PRECO). Together with contributions from the municipalities, this investment, estimated at $2,739,585, will fund major infrastructure work.

The cities and parishes are:

Municipality Joint Funding ($)
Saint-Édouard-de-Fabre 614 250
Témiscaming 423 600
Ville-Marie 788 540

"Our Government, through the federal contribution to PRECO, will create jobs and stimulate the economy," declared Minister Paradis. "Today's announcement is a tangible example of the close collaboration between Canada, Quebec and municipalities to invest all PRECO funds as quickly as possible."

"Through PRECO, these municipalities in Abitibi-Témiscamingue will be able to consolidate their drinking water supply, thus providing a better quality of life for residents. These major investments will provide numerous jobs in the region, ensuring the sustainable development of a prosperous Quebec," added MNA Bernard.

A simple and innovative program, PRECO enables Quebec municipalities to restore or replace their water mains and sewers. Investment priorities are set by the municipalities in accordance with action plans submitted to the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Use. The municipalities can choose between repair and replacement, thus enjoying broader autonomy. There are over 80,000 kilometres of municipal underground water and sewer mains in Quebec, estimated to be worth over $60 billion.

The governments of Canada and Quebec have allocated a total of $700 million for projects funded under this program. When combined with municipal contributions, over $1 billion has been made available for eligible projects due for completion by December 31, 2010.

The Canadian government's contribution to PRECO comes from the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, part of Canada's Economic Action Plan announced in the January 2009 budget. The Government of Canada has earmarked up to $350 million of this fund for PRECO projects.

The Quebec government's $350 million contribution comes from its Plan québécois des infrastructures. The Plan was topped up in January 2009, bringing it now close to $42 billion, which will be used to renew large parts of Quebec's infrastructure over the next five years.

Additional information:

For more information on infrastructure investments, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca and www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca.

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

For more information on the Plan québécois des infrastructures, visit www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/en/publications/expenditure-budget.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure
    Jacques Fauteux
    Director, Policy and Communications
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs
    and Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Temiscamingue
    region and the Nord-du-Quebec region
    Helene Sauvageau
    Press Secretary
    418-646-9131