Governments of Canada and Quebec provide Quebec City with a payment of $24.5m from the transfer of a portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution



    QUEBEC CITY, QC, Nov. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Canadian
Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honorable Josée Verner,
on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and the Minister of Employment and Social
Solidarity and Member of the National Assembly for Louis-Hébert, Sam Hamad, on
behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions,
Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that Quebec City will receive
$24.5 million under the federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a
portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's
contribution. This is the first payment for Quebec City, which will receive a
total of $76 million over the next four years for important infrastructure
projects.
    "Ensuring Canadians have access to quality infrastructure is an important
priority for the Government of Canada. This is why we launched our $33-billion
Building Canada infrastructure plan, of which $17.6 billion will be used as
base funding to address communities' infrastructure needs," said Minister
Verner. "I am pleased that Quebec City can address its infrastructure needs
thanks to contributions provided through the Canada-Québec gas tax agreement,
which is a component of our Building Canada plan. Projects such as these
demonstrate how the Government of Canada's approach to open federalism
supports 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, Quebec City will now be
able to rely on stable annual funding, which will facilitate planning the work
that needs to be done. As proven by the Plan québécois des infrastructures,
which foresees an investment of $30 billion within the next five years, of
which $3.15 billion will be used to standardize municipal infrastructures. The
repair and modernization of public infrastructure is an important priority for
the Government of Québec," said Minister Hamad.
    "This is promising news that will allow the City to move forward and
accelerate the pace of improvements to our infrastructure. The work that will
be undertaken will be foundational and will support sustainable development.
These important improvements will both maintain the quality of life of our
citizens and support the economic development of the City," said Jacques
Joli-Coeur, Acting Mayor of Quebec.
    The goal of the 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; Dominic
Gosseslin, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and
Official Languages, (819) 997-7788; Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148;
Jonathan Trudeau, Press Secretary, Office of the Deputy Premier and Minister
of Municipal Affairs and Regions, (418) 691-2050; Alexandre Boucher, Press
Secretary, Office of the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, (418)
643-4810


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