The City of Thetford Mines receives an initial payment of $981,811 from the transfer of a portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution



    THETFORD MINES, QC, Nov. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Secretary of State for
Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Mégantic-L'Erable, the Honorable
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, announced today that the City of Thetford Mines will receive
$981,811 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 City of Thetford Mines, which
will receive a total of $4,090,881 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 billions will be used as
base funding to address communities' infrastructure needs," said Secretary of
State Paradis. "I am pleased that the City of Thetford Mines can fix their
local roads 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 City of Thetford
Mines will now be able to rely on stable annual funding, which will facilitate
planning the work that needs to be done. As proven by the Plan québécois des
infrastructures, which foresees an investment of $30 billion within the next
five years, of which $3.15 billions will be used to standardize municipal
infrastructures. The repair and modernization of public infrastructure is an
important priority for the Government of Québec," said the Minister
responsible for the Region, Laurent Lessard.
    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
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; Jack Roy, Press Secretary,
Office of the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, (418) 380-2525


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