STANSTEAD, QC, April 28, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec are safeguarding public health and helping protect the province's waterways by investing in projects to ensure that water and wastewater systems in the province are up to date and efficient and meet communities' increasing capacity needs. These investments will also help create jobs and grow the economy.
The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Compton–Stanstead, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Luc Fortin, Minister Responsible for the Estrie, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region, announced an investment of more than $6.1 million under the Clean Water and Waste Water Fund (CWWF) for three new projects related to water in the Estrie region: one in Asbestos and two in Stanstead.
The financial support granted for these projects will contribute to maintaining, renewing or developing their infrastructure to ensure the production and distribution of high quality drinking water for residents or the proper disposal and treatment of waste water. The Government of Canada is investing close to $3.7 million in these projects and the Government of Quebec is providing more than $2.4 million for a total joint contribution of over $6.1 million. The municipalities will provide the balance. These projects are in addition to the five projects already announced for the Estrie region under the CWWF.
The approval of these projects was made possible by the signing of a bilateral agreement between Canada and Quebec in July 2016, which made funding available for water projects across the province.
"We are committed to investing in local infrastructure projects that ensure Canadians have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services, like those we're announcing today for Estrie. We will continue working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help protect the environment and preserve public health, while paving the way for economic growth and for the creation of good-paying middle class jobs."
The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Compton–Stanstead, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The announcement of these three new projects in Stanstead, Asbestos and Estrie, reflects our commitment to help municipalities in all regions of Quebec. It also demonstrates how working in partnership across all levels of government is improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens while safeguarding the environment."
Luc Fortin, Minister Responsible for the Estrie Region, Karine Vallières, Member of the National Assembly for Richmond, and Pierre Reid, Member of the National Assembly for Orford
- The Town of Stanstead will receive more than $1.8 million to connect a well to its drinking water system, with $1,135,250 coming from the Government of Canada and $749,265 from the Government of Quebec. It will also benefit from more than $ 2.3 million in funding assistance for the upgrading of its wastewater treatment plants: $1,406,250 from the Government of Canada and $928,125 from the Government of Quebec.
- The City of Asbestos will benefit from more than $1.9 million in government funding for the renewal of its water pipes, with $1,152,918 coming from the Government of Canada and $760,927 from the Government of Quebec.
- 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 of 2016 to 2018, the federal government will provide $363.8 million and the provincial government will provide $300 million for a total joint investment of $664 million.
- This Fund is part of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's historic plan that provides more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- Budget 2017 provides $21.9 billion over 11 years for investments in green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017:
See how many Clean Water and Wastewater Fund projects have been approved in Quebec and across the country: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/pt-sp/index-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html.
The programme d'aide financière FEPTEU : http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures/programmes-daide-financiere/fonds-pour-leau-potable-et-le-traitement-des-eaux-usees-fepteu/.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; 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 region of Montréal, 418-691-2050; Anne Simard, Political Attaché for Communications, Office of the MNA for Sherbrooke, and Minister Responsible for the Estrie, 819-434-3025; For information: Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy, and Public Security, 418-691-2015, poste 3746; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, [email protected], Twitter: @INFC_eng, Web: Infrastructure Canada