The Governments of Canada and Québec Provide the City of Notre-Dame-des-Prairies with a First Payment of $382,368 from the Transfer of a Portion of the Federal Gasoline Excise Tax Revenues and the Government of Québec's Contribution



    LACHUTE, QC, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and the
Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière Region, David
Whissell, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs
and Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the City of
Notre-Dame-des-Prairies will receive $382,368 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 Notre-Dame-des-Prairies which will receive a total of $1,194,897 by
the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.
    "Thanks to its $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure plan, the
Government of Canada is contributing to the improvement of public
infrastructure everywhere in the country. More than half of these funds, some
$17.6 billion, are provided as base funding to meet the needs of
municipalities," said Mister Cannon. "The funding announced today to the City
of Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, under the Gas Tax Fund agreement, which is part of
our Building Canada plan, is a concrete example of the Government of Canada's
commitment to support 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
Notre-Dame-des-Prairies will now be able to rely on stable annual funding,
which will facilitate the planning of the work that needs to be done. The Plan
québécois des infrastructures foresees an investment of $30 billion within the
next five years, of which $3.15 billion will be used to maintain and improve
municipal infrastructure. As indicated in the plan, the repair and
modernization of public infrastructure is a priority for the Government of
Québec," added Minister Fournier.
    The goal of the 2005 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. The Government of
Canada will provide 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 infrastructures. 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
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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