Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Quebec

Government of Quebec

May 17, 2010 14:00 ET

Program for the Renewal of Drinking Water and Wastewater Pipes (PRECO): Canada-Quebec Partnership to Benefit Village of La Guadeloupe

$885,300 for the renewal of water and wastewater pipelines

LA GUADELOUPE, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - The Member of Parliament for Beauce, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, and the Member of the National Assembly for Beauce-Sud and Quebec Minister of Revenue, Robert Dutil, on behalf of the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Laurent Lessard, are pleased to announce a joint financial contribution of $885,300 to the village of La Guadeloupe under a federal-provincial agreement made in relation to the Program for the renewal of drinking water and wastewater pipes (PRECO). Together with a contribution from the village, this investment, estimated at $1,327,950, will fund major infrastructure work in La Guadeloupe.

"Our Government, through the federal contribution to PRECO, will create jobs and stimulate the economy," declared MP Bernier, on behalf of Canada's minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "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."

"In supporting this project, we are moving forward to ensure the province's municipalities have infrastructure that suits their unique realities while fostering sustainable development. Through PRECO, the village of La Guadeloupe 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 our region, ensuring the sustainable development of a prosperous Quebec," added MNA and Minister Dutil.

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.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure
    Jacques Fauteux
    Director, Policy and Communications
    Office of Quebec's Minister of Municipal
    Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy
    Sylvain Bourassa
    Press Secretary