Governments of Canada and Québec provide the municipality of Hébertville with a first payment of $161 232 from the transfer of a portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Québec's contribution



    HEBERTVILLE, QC, Nov. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Member of Parliament in the
House of Commons for Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean, Denis Lebel, on behalf of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, along with the Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister
Responsible for the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Region, Claude Béchard, on behalf
of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie
Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the Municipality of Hébertville will
receive $161,232 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 Municipality of Hébertville,
which will receive a total of $503,854 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 MP Lebel. "I am
pleased that the Municipality of Hébertville 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, the Municipality of
Hébertville 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 Minister Béchard.
    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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