Governmental funding for local infrastructures - Direct pay-back from the federal-provincial partnership



    The Governments of Canada and Québec provide a first payment to the
    municipalities of Lambton, Saint-Romain and Stornoway from the transfer
    of a portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the
    Government of Québec's contribution to the municipalities

    LAC-MEGANTIC, QC, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Christian
Paradis, Secretary of State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament for
Mégantic-L'Erable, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and Johanne Gonthier, Member of
the National Assembly for Mégantic-Compton and Parliamentary assistant to the
Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, on behalf of the Deputy Premier
and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, are
pleased to announce that the municipalities of Lambton, Saint-Romain and
Stornoway will receive $366,380 under the federal-provincial agreement on the
transfer of a portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the
Government of Québec's contribution. This is the first payment to these
municipalities. They will receive a total of $977,618 by the end of 2009 for
important infrastructure projects.

    
    Allocation of the funds will be as follows:

    Municipality          First Payment     Total Contributions

    Lambton                  $159,686             $399,214
    Saint-Romain             $118,026             $295,063
    Stornoway                $ 90,668             $283,341

    Total                    $368,380             $977,618
    

    "Thanks to its $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure plan, the
Government of Canada is contributing to the improvement of public
infrastructure everywhere in the country. More than half of these funds, some
$17.6 billion, are provided as base funding to meet the needs of
municipalities," said Mr. Paradis. "The funding announced today to the
municipalities of Lambton, Saint-Romain and Stornoway, under the Gas Tax Fund
agreement, which is part of our Building Canada plan, is a concrete example of
the Government of Canada's commitment to support a stronger economy, a cleaner
environment and more prosperous communities in Québec."
    "The funding announced today is a reflection of our commitment to improve
the quality of life of residents. With this agreement, these municipalities
will now be able to rely on stable annual funding, which will facilitate the
planning of the work that needs to be done. The Plan québécois des
infrastructures foresees an investment of $30 billion within the next five
years, of which $3.15 billion will be used to maintain and improve municipal
infrastructure. As indicated in the plan, the repair and modernization of
public infrastructure is a priority for the Government of Québec," said
Ms. Gonthier.
    The goal of the 2005 Canada-Québec Agreement is to provide funding for
the renewal of municipal and local infrastructure, and specifically for
municipal drinking water, wastewater, local road system and public transit
infrastructure, within a context of sustainable development. The Government of
Canada will provide the Government of Québec a total of $1.34 billion over
five years, to which Québec will add $475.7 million, for a grand total of
$1.8 billion. Including contributions from municipalities, $2.3 billion will
go toward renewing municipal infrastructure. The funds will be administered by
the Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL).

    Egalement offert en français : www.infrastructure.gc.ca/




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 Regions,
(418) 691-2050


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