Municipality of Saint-Augustin-de-Woburn receives a first payment of $70,961 from transfer of gas tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution



    LAC-MEGANTIC, QC, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honorable Christian Paradis,
Secretary of State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament for
Mégantic-l'Erable, on behalf of the Honorable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Johanne Gonthier, Member of the
National Assembly for Mégantic-Compton and Parliamentary Assistant to the
Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife, on behalf of Deputy Premier and
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to
deliver to the Municipality of Saint-Augustin-de-Woburn $70,961 as a first
payment from a portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues, including the
Government of Quebec's contribution under the federal-provincial gas tax
transfer agreement. The municipality of Saint-Augustin-de-Woburn will receive
a total of $295,763 over the next four years for major infrastructure
projects.
    "This transfer of funds to municipalities, negotiated with the Government
of Quebec, is an example of the Government of Canada's commitment to open
federalism," said Mr. Paradis. "This new collaborative approach with provinces
and territories is an effective way to support municipalities' efforts in
rebuilding their infrastructure. And I am pleased to see
Saint-Augustin-de-Woburn receive an installment from the Gas Tax Fund to help
address its infrastructure needs."
    "The repair and modernization of public infrastructure is a high priority
for the Government of Quebec. Today's announcement is an important and
concrete step for Saint-Augustin-de-Woburn, and a reflection of both
governments' commitment to improve the quality of life of residents throughout
the municipalities of Quebec," said Mrs. Gonthier
    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 systems and public transit
infrastructure, within a context of sustainable development. Canada's New
Government will pay the Government of Quebec a total of $1.34 billion over
five years, to which Quebec 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).

    Also available in French: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/




For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, 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 Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Regions, (418) 691-2050


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