Governments of Canada and Québec provide the city of Blainville with a first payment of $2 015 707 from the transfer of a portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Québec's contribution



    BLAINVILLE, QC, Nov. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Public Works and
Government Services, the Honourable Michael M Fortier, on behalf of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, and Vincent Auclair, Member of the National Assembly for Vimont and
Parliamentary Assistant to the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal
Affairs and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the
City of Blainville will receive $2,015,707 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 for the
City of Blainville, which will receive a total of $6,299,086 over the next
four years for important infrastructure projects.
    "Ensuring Canadians have access to quality infrastructure is a 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 Fortier.
"I am pleased that the City of Blainville can address their 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, the City of Blainville
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 municipal
infrastructure and ensure it meets standards. As demonstrated by the plan, the
repair and modernization of public infrastructure is a priority for the
Government of Québec," said Mr. Auclair, Member of the National Assembly.
    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. Canada's
Government will pay 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 infrastructures. 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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