SAINT-BONIFACE, QC, Aug. 15, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize the importance of investing in water infrastructure to safeguard public health and protect waterways. These investments help communities meet their growing needs, while creating jobs and boosting the regional economy.
Pierre Giguère, Member of the National Assembly for Saint-Maurice, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Marc H. Plante, Member of the National Assembly for Maskinongé, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for the Regions; and Pierre Desaulniers, Mayor of the Municipality of Saint-Boniface, kicked off work that includes building an aerated wastewater treatment pond, rebuilding the Langevin pumping station and replacing the Paix pumping station.
They took the opportunity to mention that more than $5.2 million in government financial assistance was provided to the municipality under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, a program administered by Infrastructure Canada and the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy.
"I am pleased to report the start of this work, which will enable the Municipality of Saint-Boniface to increase its wastewater treatment capacity. We are committed to investing in local infrastructure that provides Canadians with access to reliable and modern water and wastewater treatment services. This project is one of many projects we are supporting in the Mauricie region to help protect the environment and keep our communities healthy."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am pleased with the financial support that our government has provided to carry out this initiative in Saint‑Boniface. This investment will have positive environmental effects and will improve citizens' quality of life. Together, we are working to improve community services, thereby creating pleasant and prosperous environments."
Pierre Giguère, MNA for Saint-Maurice, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region
"Today's event provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight the partnership between the Municipality of Saint‑Boniface and the Government of Quebec. It is also an indication of the importance our government places on investing in public infrastructure."
Marc H. Plante, MNA for Maskinongé, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for the Regions
"After more than 20 years of unsuccessful attempts, the municipality of Saint-Boniface is happy to finally have a stable and innovative solution for its wastewater treatment. We are very pleased that, with our provincial and federal partners, we can go forward with an innovative project that allows us to develop Saint-Boniface in a new and greener way."
Pierre Desaulniers, Mayor of Saint-Boniface
- The Government of Canada is contributing more than $3.1 million to this project, and the Government of Quebec is providing close to $2.1 million. The Municipality will provide the remaining funding, bringing the total government‑municipal investment to over $6.3 million.
- Thanks to its base financial assistance rate of 83%, the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is allowing municipalities to invest almost $800 million in infrastructure projects. Over the period from 2016 to 2018, the federal government will provide $363.8 million and the Government of Quebec will provide $300 million, for a total joint investment of $664 million.
- 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.
- Of this funding, $26.9 billion will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- The 2018-2028 Quebec Infrastructure Plan calls for nearly $7.3 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 more than $14.3 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec during this period.
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal investment in Quebec infrastructure projects: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Sources: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-301-0894, Email: [email protected]; Alexandre Boulé, Political Attaché, Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Safety and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region, Tel.: 418-691-2050; Louis-Maxim Toutant, Policy Advisor, Office of the MNA for Maskinongé, Tel.: 819-228-9722; For information: Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]; Media Relations Team, Communications Directorate, Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy and Department of Public Safety, Tel.: 418-646-6777, ext. 3746