Governments of Canada and Quebec provide the municipality of East Broughton with a first payment of $160,256 from the transfer of a portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution



    EAST BROUGHTON, QC, Nov. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Secretary of State for
Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Mégantic-L'Erable, the Honourable
Christian Paradis, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and the Minister of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region
and Member of the National Assembly for Frontenac, Laurent Lessard, on behalf
of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie
Normandeau, provided the Municipality of East Broughton with a first cheque of
$160,256 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 the Municipality of East
Broughton, which will receive a total of $500,801 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 MP Paradis.
"I am pleased that the Municipality of East Broughton 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 Quebec."
    "The funding announced today is a reflection of our commitment to improve
the quality of life of residents. With this agreement, the Municipality of
East Broughton will now be able to rely on stable annual funding, which will
facilitate planning the work that needs to be done. As demonstrated 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
maintain municipal infrastructure and ensure it meets standards, the repair
and modernization of public infrastructure is an important priority for the
Government of Quebec," said Minister Lessard.
    The goal of the Canada-Quebec 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 Quebec 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
Honourable Lawrence Cannon 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; Jack Roy, Press Secretary,
Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, (418) 380-2525


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