The governments of Canada and Québec provide the Municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur-d'Issoudun with a first payment of $98,444 from the transfer of a portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the government of Québec's contribution



    NOTRE-DAME-DU-SACRE-COEUR-D'ISSOUDUN, QC, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The
Member of Parliament for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, Jacques Gourde, 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, Laurent
Lessard, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Regions, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the Municipality of
Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur-d'Issoudun will receive $98,444 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 to Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur-d'Issoudun which will receive a
total of $ 307,639 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 Mr. Gourde. "The funding announced today to the
Municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur-d'Issoudun, 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 Municipality of
Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur-d'Issoudun 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," said Minister Lessard.

    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 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
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Jonathan Trudeau, Press Secretary, Office of the Deputy Premier and Minister
of Municipal Affairs and Regions, (418) 691-2050; Infrastructure Canada, (613)
948-1148


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