The Governments of Canada and Quebec are supporting four projects to improve water and wastewater systems in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region

SAGUENAY, QC, May 26, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec are safeguarding public health and helping protect the province's waterways by investing in projects to ensure that water and wastewater systems in the province are up to date and efficient, and meet communities' increasing capacity needs. These investments will also help create jobs and grow the economy.

Denis Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Chicoutimi‒Le Fjord, and Serge Simard, Member of the National Assembly for Dubuc, announced an investment of more than $10.2 million for four water projects in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The Government of Canada is investing more than $6.2 million for these projects, and the Government of Quebec is providing over $4.1 million for a total joint contribution of more than $10.3 million. The municipality will provide the remainder of the funding.

The approval of the projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund was made possible by the signing of a bilateral agreement between Canada and Quebec in July 2016, which made funding available for water projects across the province.

Quotes

"We are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These new projects in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region will safeguard the environment and well-being of residents. We will continue working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help protect the environment and preserve public health, while paving the way for economic growth and the creation of good-paying middle-class jobs."

Denis Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Chicoutimi‒Le Fjord, on behalf of the Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Thanks to this important investment, the Municipality of Magdalen Islands will be able to complete important projects to meet its needs related to drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure. The financial support announced today clearly shows how working in partnership is improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens."

Serge Simard, Member of the National Assembly for Dubuc, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region

Quick Facts

  • Thanks to its base financial assistance rate of 83%, the CWWF is allowing municipalities to invest almost $800 million in infrastructure projects. Over the period of 2016 to 2018, the federal government will provide $363.8 million and the provincial government will provide $300 million for a total joint investment of $664 million. The implementation of the CWWF was made possible by the signing of a bilateral agreement between Canada and Quebec in July 2016, which made funding available for water projects across the province.
  • This fund is part of the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada's historic plan that provides more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding to improve public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
  • Budget 2017 proposed $21.9 billion over 11 years for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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Financial details and list of projects

Backgrounder

The governments of Canada and Quebec are supporting four projects to improve water and sewage systems in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region
Investment of more than $10.3 million

Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $10,386,810 in four water and wastewater projects to ensure residents of the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region have access to clean reliable water sources. Funding for these projects was made possible by the signing of a bilateral agreement on July 5, 2016.  

The Government of Canada is contributing $6,257,113, representing 50% of the total eligible costs, and the province is providing $4,129,697. The municipality will provide the remaining funding.

List of new projects

 

Location

Project Name

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Anticipated Start Date

Girardville

Modernization of the drinking water treatment plant and wastewater phosphate removal equipment

$535,520

$353,444

May 1, 2017

Larouche

Construction of a drinking water main for Lac-du-Camp-Droit and part of Champigny Street

$481,574

$317,839

October 3, 2016

Saint-Henri-de-Taillon

Extension of the drinking water main - Sector 2 (2.627 km)

$240,110

$158,473

June 5, 2017

Saguenay

Renewal of water pipes

$4,999,909

$3,299,941

May 21, 2017

 

Associated links

Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375

See how investments in the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund are being used in Quebec and across Canada: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/pt-sp/index-eng.html

Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html.

The CWWF financial assistance program: http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures/programmes-daide-financiere/fonds-pour-leau-potable-et-le-traitement-des-eaux-usees-fepteu/

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SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149; Marie-Ève Pelletier, Director of Communications and Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the region of Montréal, 418-691-2050; Janick Gagné, Policy Advisor, Office of the MNA for Dubuc and Parliamentary Assistant of the Premier for the Saguenay-Lac‑Saint‑Jean Region, 418-544-8106; For more information: Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy and Public Security, 418-691-2015, Extension 3746; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1 877 250-7154, Email: media@infc.gc.ca

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