Governments of Canada and Québec provide the municipalities of Clarendon, l'Isle-aux-Allumettes and Otter Lake with a first payment from the transfer of a portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Québec's contribution



    CLARENDON, QC, Nov. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and the Member
of the National Assembly for Pontiac and Parliamentary assistant to the
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Charlotte L'Ecuyer, on behalf of
the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie
Normandeau, announced today that the municipalities of Clarendon,
L'Isle-aux-Allumettes and Otter Lake will share $342,261 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 these three municipalities, which will receive, over the
next four years, a total of $1,069,559 for important infrastructure projects.

    The breakdown of the governmental contributions goes as followed:

    
    Municipalities             First Payment            Total Contribution
    Clarendon                    $119,856                    $374,550
    L'Isle-aux-Allumettes        $120,912                    $377,846
    Otter Lake                   $101,493                    $317,163
    Total                        $342,261                  $1,069,559
    

    "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 Cannon.
"I am pleased that the municipalities of Clarendon, L'Isle-aux-Allumettes and
Otter Lake 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 municipalities of
Clarendon, L'Isle-aux-Allumettes and Otter Lake 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 Ms. L'Ecuyer,
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. 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 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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