The City of Gatineau receives an initial payment of $11 848 869 from the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution



    GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Benoît Pelletier,
Quebec Minister responsible for the Outaouais region and MNA for Chapleau, on
behalf of Nathalie Normandeau, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, are
pleased to announce that the City of Gatineau will receive $11 848 869 under
the federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal
gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution. This
is the first payment for the City of Gatineau, which will receive a total of
$37 027 716 over the next four years for major infrastructure projects. Also
present at this event today were Stéphanie Vallée, MNA for Gatineau, and
Charlotte L'Ecuyer, MNA for Pontiac.
    "We all know to what extent modern infrastructure benefits to all
Canadians and is instrumental to the environment and the economy of the
country", said Minister Lawrence Cannon. "This is why our government works in
partnership with the Quebec government to make cities and communities in
Quebec the best places to live, study, work and visit."
    "The repair and modernization of public infrastructure is a high priority
for the Government of Quebec. The funding announced today is a reflection of
our commitment to improve the quality of life of residents. With this
agreement, the City of Gatineau will now be able to rely on stable annual
funding, which will facilitate planning the work that needs to be done," said
Minister Benoît Pelletier.
    "I am pleased that the City of Gatineau can benefit from this
governmental funding in order to modernize the drinking water treatment plan
in the Aylmer sector," added the Mayor of Gatineau, Marc Bureau.
    The goal of the Canada-Quebec 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 Quebec a total of $1.34 billion over
five years, to which Quebec 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.infc.gc.ca/




For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Lawrence Cannon Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, (613) 991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148; Vincent
Lehouillier, Policy Advisor, Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Regions, (418) 691-2050; Véronique Milot, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister responsible for the Outaouais region and MNA for Chapleau, (819)
246-4558


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