QUÉBEC, June 4, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Minister responsible for
Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review and Chair of the
Conseil du trésor, Martin Coiteux, unveiled the 2014-2024 Québec
Infrastructure Plan, which provides for investments of $90.3 billion,
primarily for asset maintenance and economic development. The key
difference with this new plan is the significant transparency in the
management of investments: for the first time, it features a list of
all Government projects of $50 million or more, broken down by sector.
"Economic recovery is also a priority for this Government and will be
supported, in particular, by our investments in public infrastructure.
Again, rigorous and responsible decision-making is crucial. This is how
we made the projections for public infrastructure investments,"
explained Minister Coiteux.
Countering obsolescence and ensuring public safety
With the 2014-2024 Québec Infrastructure Plan, the Government is
devoting close to 60% of investment dollars to maintaining and
upgrading existing assets, and is making public safety and well-being
an absolute priority. "Above all else, we must deal with our ageing
infrastructure. Our roads, schools and hospitals are the front line for
delivering services to the public, and we must ensure they remain a
source of pride for all Quebecers," he added.
Fostering economic development
The Government is delivering on its commitment to support economic
development and job creation by introducing projects that will enable
major roadwork to move forward, deploying the Maritime Strategy and
re-launching the Northern Plan. These choices will make it possible to
create or maintain 53,000 jobs province-wide, and will bring about a
true long-term vision of the transportation of the people and products
essential to the economic development of the Capitale-Nationale,
greater Montréal and all of Québec, while giving special consideration
to vulnerable populations.
This plan also calls for an advance of $300 million for projects that
will have a rapid impact on the economy. Of this amount, $250 million
will be used to finance additional road network and local roadway
projects, as well as priority renovations to schools and hospitals.
Furthermore, $50 million will be earmarked for studies related to major
projects the Government deems to be a priority.
Demonstrating greater transparency
The rigorous and responsible management of public infrastructure
investments will be conducted with exemplary transparency. For the
first time since the release of Québec's first infrastructure plan in
2007, the Government is appending a list of all projects of $50 million
or more, whether they are in the execution, planning or study phase.
This increased transparency will shed light on the methods as well as
the planning and management processes used for projects, giving
taxpayers a clear picture of the resources allocated to the projects in
which they have invested a significant portion of their taxes.
"Governance rules for the management, selection, approval and monitoring
of projects will be strengthened in the coming year so as to better
rank projects based on clearly defined priorities, enable improved
control of project costs, and keep the asset inventory in an
appropriate and safe condition. "With the 2014-2024 Québec
Infrastructure Plan, we are showing how rigour, prosperity and
transparency in the use of public funds can be reconciled to ensure a
better future for all," concluded Minister Coiteux.
SOURCE: Cabinet du président du Conseil du trésor, ministre responsable de l'Administration gouvernementale
For further information:
Office of the Minister responsible for
Government Administration and Ongoing
Program Review and Chair of the Conseil du
Tel.: 418 643-5926