The City of Varennes receives an initial payment of $1,013,382 from the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution



    VARENNES, QC, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Public Works and
Government Services, the Honorable Michael M Fortier, on behalf of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, and the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions,
Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the City of Varennes will
receive $1,013,382 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 Varennes, which will
receive a total of $3,166,819 over the next four years for important
infrastructure projects.
    "Ensuring Canadians have access to quality infrastructure is an important
priority for Canada's Government," said Minister Fortier. "This is why we are
moving ahead with our $33 billion Building Canada infrastructure plan. I am
pleased that the City of Varennes can address its infrastructure needs thanks
to contributions provided through the Canada-Québec gas tax agreement.
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 Varennes
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, the repair and modernization of public infrastructure is an
important priority for the Government of Québec," said Minister Normandeau.
    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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