LAC-SAGUAY, QC, Nov. 10, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that investing in infrastructure is fundamental to promoting economic growth, enhancing public safety and protecting communities against natural disasters.
David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides–Labelle, and Yves St-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, announced today that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest close to $60,000 for upgrading work on the Georges-Painchaud Park dam at Lac-Saguay.
This assistance comes from the New Building Canada-Quebec Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Lac-Saguay will also invest close to $60,000, for a total of over $175,000 in government and municipal investments.
The work involved in refitting the dam will make it possible to meet the community's needs with the maintenance of the water level to ensure the provision of drinking water while preventing floods.
"I am very pleased to announce this financial assistance which will enable Lac-Saguay to significantly improve the dam at the Georges-Painchaud Park so as to ensure better management of the water level during high-water periods, while fostering its sustainability. Renewal of public infrastructure plays a key role in creating strong communities. We are making investments that are contributing to growth throughout the country, in particular this region, while creating a solid foundation for a sustainable economic future."
David Graham, MP for Laurentides–Labelle, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"By proactively investing in our infrastructure, we are solidifying the government's commitment to sustainability. With the approval of this grant, not only are we are supporting a significant project for the municipality of Lac-Saguay, but we are also taking a concrete step to enhance public safety down the road. The modernization of this dam will further equip us as we prepare for the future."
Yves St-Denis, MNA for Argenteuil, on behalf of André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification
"When we improve our infrastructure, while allowing our taxpayers to breathe, it's also improving the quality of life in our day to day environment. We would like to thank both levels of governments for the approval of this grant, especially for this openness to support small communities."
Francine Asselin Bélisle, Mayor of Lac-Saguay
- The Small Communities Fund is a joint federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada, in partnership with the provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is managed by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy (MAMOT). The purpose of this program is to provide Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents with financial support so that they can build infrastructure that will contribute to mitigating the risks of natural disasters.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green and social infrastructure, and transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- As part of Quebec's 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan, $7 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure for which MAMOT is responsible. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means $15 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over the next 10 years.
Investing in Canada Plan, the Government of Canada's $180 billion-plus infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund: http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures/programmes-daide-financiere/nouveau-fonds-chantiers-canada-quebec-volet-fonds-des-petites-collectivites-fpc/
Quebec's 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-219-0149; Mélanie Cayer, Political Attaché, Argenteuil MNA Office, Tel.: 450-562-0785; For information, Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Media Relations, Communications Directorate, Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy and Public Security, Tel.: 418-646-6777, ext. 3746