The Governments of Canada and Québec provide the municipality of Sainte-Claire with a payment of $241,786 from the transfer of a portion of the federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Québec's contribution



    SAINTE-CLAIRE, QC, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Member of Parliament for
Lévis-Bellechasse, Steven Blaney, on behalf of the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, and the
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for the
Chaudière-Appalaches Region and Member of the National Assembly for Frontenac,
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 Sainte-Claire will receive $241,786 under the
federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline
excise tax revenues and the Government of Québec's contribution. The
Municipality of Sainte-Claire will receive a total of $604,464 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. Blaney. "The funding announced today to the
Municipality of Sainte-Claire, 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
Sainte-Claire 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 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; Jack Roy Press, Secretary Office of the Minister of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for the
Chaudière-Appalaches Region, (418) 380-2525


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