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



    The Governments of Canada and Québec provide the Municipality of
    Lac-Drolet with a first payment of $113,722 from the transfer of a
    portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of
    Québec's contribution

    LAC-MEGANTIC, QC, Jan. 29 /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 Municipality of Lac-Drolet will receive $113,722
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 the Municipality of Lac-Drolet which will receive a
total of $355,380 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.
    "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
Municipality of Lac-Drolet, 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, the Municipality of
Lac-Drolet 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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