KINGSBURY, QC, Sept. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec are protecting public health and helping preserve waterways by investing in projects that help maintain the quality and efficiency of water supply and wastewater systems. Thanks to funding from both governments, the Municipality of Kingsbury now has a new waste water treatment system that will assure residents of reliable public services and help preserve the environment.
Karine Vallières, Member of the National Assembly for Richmond and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (Youth), participated in the inauguration of the new waste water facility in Kingsbury. Ms. Richmond took the opportunity to highlight that the Municipality received $1.8 million in government funding for the installation of two pumping stations and the treatment plant. Of this amount, $1,593,750 come from the Quebec Municipalities Infrastructure Program and $182,324 come from the federal Gas Tax Fund and Quebec's contribution. The Municipality provided the remaining funding for a total government‑municipal investment of over $2 million dollars.
‟Our Government is pleased to have contributed to making this waste water project in Kingsbury a reality. We are committed to investing in local infrastructure that provides Canadians with access to reliable, modern waste water services. We will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure we make practical investments in infrastructure that promote economic growth and the creation of well-paid middle-class jobs."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
‟This is another instance where I could be helpful as a Member of the National Assembly in getting this through, building bridges and finding solutions. I am delighted with the funding provided by our Government to carry out this important project for the community of Kingsbury, which counts 150 residents, a magnificent marsh on the Rivière aux Saumons and a stretch of the Sentiers de l'Estrie. This investment will have a positive impact on the environment in addition to generating economic and social development."
Karine Vallières, MNA for Richmond and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier (Youth)
"I am pleased with the Government of Quebec's support for this project, which has not only allowed the Municipality of Kingsbury to upgrade its sanitary facilities, but make residents aware of their individual and collective ecological footprint. Though some would say it's just a drop in the bucket of the Saint-François St. Lawrence Rivers, I'm proud to say that it is a clean one."
Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Mayor of Kingsbury
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- Under Budget 2017, the Government of Canada allocates $21.9 billion over 11 years for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- 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%.
- The Quebec Infrastructure Plan enables Quebec municipalities to build, repair or rehabilitate drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
- 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.
Investing in Canada Plan, the Government of Canada's $180 billion-plus infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec:
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
To learn more about the Quebec Municipal Infrastructure Program, go to:
Quebec's 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf
Website: Infrastructure Canada
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Sources: 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 andMinister Responsible for the Montreal Region, Tel.: 418-691-2050; Jacynthe Bourget, Political Attaché, Riding Office of the MNA for Richmond andParliamentary Assistant to the Premier (Youth), Tel.: 819-839-3326; Information: Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Media Relations, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancyand Department of Public Security, Tel.: 418-691-2015, ext. 3746