/R E P E A T/ - The Municipality of La Pêche receives an initial payment of $325 994 from the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution



    LA PECHE, QC, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and Stéphanie
Vallée, MNA for Gatineau and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of
Education, Recreation and Sport and Minister for Families on behalf of the
Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, Nathalie
Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the Municipality of La Pêche will
receive $325,994 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 La Pêche,
which will receive a total of $1,018,731 over the next four years for
important infrastructure projects.
    "Offering access to quality infrastructure is an important priority for
the Government of Canada," said Minister Cannon. "This is why we are moving
ahead with our "Building Canada" infrastructure plan. I am pleased that the
Municipality of La Pêche can address its infrastructure needs thanks to the
financing offered under the agreement on gasoline excise tax. Projects such as
these demonstrate once again how open federalism practiced by the Government
of Canada can contribute to improving the quality of life for residents in
Québec municipalities."
    "The repair and modernization of public infrastructure is an important
priority for the Government of 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 La Pêche will now be able to rely on
stable annual funding, which will facilitate planning the work that needs to
be done," said the MNA for Gatineau, Stéphanie Vallée.
    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. Canada's new
government will pay 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 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


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