The Municipality of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste receives an initial payment of $86 956 from the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Québec's contribution



    SAINT-PIERRE-BAPTISTE, QC, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Secretary of State
for Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Mégantic-l'Erable, the Honorable
Christian Paradis, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, as well as Deputy Premier and
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions of Québec, Nathalie Normandeau,
announced that the Municipality of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste will receive $86,956
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 Municipality of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste, which will
receive a total of $271,741 over the next four years for important
infrastructure projects.
    "Offering access to quality infrastructure is an important priority for
the Government of Canada," said Mr. Paradis. "This is why we are moving ahead
with our "Building Canada" infrastructure plan. I am pleased that the
Municipality of Saint-Pierre-Baptiste can address its infrastructure needs
thanks to the financing offered under the agreement on gasoline excise tax.
Projects such as these demonstrate once again how open federalism practised by
the Government of Canada can contribute to improving the quality of life for
residents in Québec municipalities."
    "The repair and modernization of public infrastructure is an important
priority for the Government of 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 Saint-Pierre-Baptiste will now be able to
rely on stable annual funding, which will facilitate planning the work that
needs to be done," said Mrs. Normandeau.
    The goal of the 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. Canada's new
Government will pay 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
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, 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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