VALLÉE-JONCTION, QC, Nov. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec are pleased to have contributed to the restoration of the Vallée-Jonction railway station, whose 100th anniversary is being celebrated today. They recognize that strategic investments in public infrastructure, including funding for heritage projects, play a key role in helping build vibrant and prosperous communities.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Dominique Vien, Member of the National Assembly for Bellechasse, Minister Responsible for Labour, and Minister Responsible for the Chaudière‑Appalaches Region, announced that joint financial assistance of over $175,000 was provided to renovate and restore this historic building. The funding came from the federal Gas Tax Fund and Quebec's contribution. The Municipality of Vallée-Jonction received a total contribution of more than $875,000 under this fund to carry out various infrastructure projects.
Carried out in a manner consistent with the station's heritage and architectural elements, the repair work has, among other things, made it possible for the building to house two community organizations. Located in the heart of the municipality, the station is also home to the Musée ferroviaire de Beauce.
"Our government is proud to have been helped make this restoration work possible and contributed to preserving an important part of Vallée-Jonction's local heritage. In addition to encouraging residents and visitors to rediscover this 100-year-old building, the project will help build stronger more inclusive communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am proud of our government's support for this important project for Vallée-Jonction and the Chaudière‑Appalaches region. This investment has helped ensure the municipality's vitality and development while preserving an iconic building that is part of Quebec's cultural heritage."
Dominique Vien, MNA for Bellechasse, Minister Responsible for Labour, and Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region
"I am delighted with the contribution from the governments of Quebec and Canada to redevelop our station, a true symbol of our municipality's history."
Réal Bisson, Mayor of Vallée-Jonction
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $21.9 billion of this funding will support social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) provides more than $2 billion each year to Canadian municipalities, which represents a long-term, ongoing, predictable and indexed source of funding. Funds are paid out twice a year in July and November. As part of the GTF administrative agreement, the Government of Canada's contribution represents 70.8% of eligible costs, while Quebec's contribution is 29.2%.
- Quebec's 2017‒2027 Infrastructure Plan calls for $7 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy (MAMOT). When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means $15 billion will be invested in Quebec's municipal infrastructure over the next 10 years.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
For more information on the Federal Gas Tax Fund and Quebec's contribution for 2014–2018: http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures/programme-de-transfert/programme-de-la-taxe-sur-lessence-et-de-la-contribution-du-quebec-2014-2018-tecq/
To read the Federal Gas Tax Fund Agreement between Canada and Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/agreements-ententes/gtf-fte/2014-qc-eng.html
Quebec's 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts, Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 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 Montreal Region, Tel.: 418-691-2050; Florent Tanlet, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister Responsible for Labour, Deputy Government House Leader, and Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, Tel.: 418 642-1343; Information: Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Media Relations, Communications, Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, and Minister of Public Security, Tel.: 418-691-2015, ext. 3746