The Governments of Canada and Quebec are supporting three projects to improve water and wastewater systems in Gaspésie

GASPÉ, QC, April 28, 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.

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families, and Minister Responsible for the Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region, announced an investment of close to $12.6 million for three water projects in Gaspésie under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

This financial support for the towns of Bonaventure and Gaspé will contribute to maintaining, renewing or developing their infrastructure to ensure the production and distribution of quality drinking water for residents or the proper disposal and treatment of wastewater. The Government of Canada is investing nearly $7.6 million for these projects, and the Government of Quebec is providing more than $5 million for a total joint contribution of almost $12.6 million. The municipalities 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 Gaspésie 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 for the creation of good-paying middle-class jobs."

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, on behalf of the Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Thanks to the federal-provincial agreement of the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, two municipalities in Gaspésie will be able to complete important projects to meet their needs. The financial support announced today clearly shows how working in partnership is improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens."

Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families, and Minister responsible for the  Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister Responsible for the Montréal area

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

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/

Backgrounder

The Governments of Canada and Quebec are supporting three projects to improve water and sewage systems in the Gaspésie
Investment of almost $12.6 million

Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $12,590,107 in three water and wastewater projects to ensure Gaspésie residents 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 $7,584,402, representing 50% of the total eligible costs, and the province is providing $5,005,705. The municipalities will provide the remaining funding.

List of new projects

Location

Project Name

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Anticipated Start Date

Bonaventure

Renewal of water pipes

$590,136

$389,489

May 29, 2017

Bonaventure

Water reservoir – Louisbourg Avenue

$3,166,326

$2,089,776

May 22, 2017

Gaspé

Drinking water upgrade –Gaspé-Centre

$3,827,940

$2,526,440

May 29, 2017

 

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; Marie B. Deschamps, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie-Iles de la Madeleine region, 613‑960-0664; 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, Twitter: @INFC_eng, Web: Infrastructure Canada

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