Canada's New Government and the Government of Quebec confirm an additional investment of $120 million to improve local infrastructure



    QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Nathalie
Normandeau, Deputy Premier of Quebec and Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs
and the Regions, in the company of Bernard Généreux, President of the
Fédération québécoise des municipalités, and Jean Perrault, President of the
Union des municipalités du Québec, today announced that Canada's New
Government and the Government of Quebec have each provided close to
$80 million in additional funding to the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund
(MRIF) to improve local infrastructure. Municipalities and other eligible
organizations will contribute an additional $40 million.
    "Canada's New Government recognizes the importance of building strong
communities. This additional funding is a concrete example of our commitment
to building a stronger, safer and better Canada," said Minister Cannon. "While
work continues on the long-term "Building Canada" infrastructure plan, the
Government of Canada is providing additional funding to the Municipal Rural
Infrastructure Fund to help smaller communities across Canada meet their
pressing infrastructure needs."
    "Today's announcement demonstrates the Government of Quebec's desire to
support municipalities' efforts in ensuring the sustainability of their
infrastructure," said Deputy Premier, Nathalie Normandeau. "The increase in
funding to MRIF will make it possible to carry out a larger number of projects
that have an impact on local and regional development and the quality of life
of Quebecers."
    Under the Canada-Quebec MRIF agreement signed in April 2005, the federal
and provincial governments each committed $195 million to the Fund. Together
with the financial contribution of municipalities, projects totalling close to
$576 million have been carried out. This year, the Government of Canada and
the Government of Quebec will each provide an additional $40 million under the
Canada-Quebec MRIF agreement. These additional funds will be dedicated to
component 3, which supports local or regional development infrastructure. With
the additional funding, the federal, provincial and municipal governments have
provided close to $700 million to the MRIF. Most of the funding will go to
communities with populations less than 250,000.
    The objectives of the MRIF are to upgrade local infrastructure, improve
the quality of the environment and enhance citizens' quality of life, and to
promote long-term economic growth.
    The program, which is in place until March 31, 2010, is administered by
Quebec's Department of Municipal Affairs and the Regions. Canada Economic
Development is responsible for delivering the MRIF on behalf of the Government
of Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148; Jonathan Trudeau, Press Secretary,
Office of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and the
Regions, (418) 691-2050


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