Governments of Canada and Québec provide the municipality of Sainte-Justine-de-Newton with a first payment of $104,812 from the transfer of a portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Québec's contribution



    SAINTE-JUSTINE-DE-NEWTON, QC, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of
Public Works and Government Services, and Minister responsible for the
Montréal Region, the Honourable Michael M Fortier, on behalf of the Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
and the Member of the National Assembly for Soulanges and Deputy Government
Whip, Lucie Charlebois, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of
Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce
that the Municipality of Sainte-Justine-de-Newton will receive $104,812 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 to the Municipality of Sainte-Justine-de-Newton. The
Municipality will receive a total of $327,541 by the end of 2009 for important
infrastructure projects.
    "Thanks to its $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure plan, the
Government of Canada is contributing to the improvement of public
infrastructure everywhere in the country. More than half of these funds, some
$17.6 billion, are provided as base funding to meet the needs of
municipalities," said Mr. Fortier. "The funding announced today to the
Municipality of Sainte-Justine-de-Newton, under the Gas Tax Fund agreement,
which is part of our Building Canada plan, is a concrete example of the
Government of Canada's commitment to support 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
Sainte-Justine-de-Newton, with a population of less than a thousand residents,
will now be able to rely on stable 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 indicated in the plan, the repair and modernization of
public infrastructure is a priority for the Government of Québec," said
Mrs. Charlebois.
    The goal of the 2005 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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