BEACONSFIELD, QC, July 5, 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. These investments will also help create jobs and grow the economy.
Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, and Geoffrey Kelley, Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs, today announced that the governments of Canada and Quebec are each investing more than $4.1 million for major water infrastructure projects in Beaconsfield. This financial support comes from the New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund–Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component. The City is also investing more than $4.1 million to bring the total government and municipal investment to more than $12.3 million.
This financial support is going toward the renewal of Beaconsfield's infrastructure to ensure the distribution of high-quality drinking water for residents and the proper disposal of wastewater.
"These vital investments in the Montréal Region's water infrastructure reflect the Government of Canada's commitment to ensuring Canadians have access to public services that meet their needs for years to come. We will continue working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help protect the environment, clean up the St. Lawrence River and preserve public health, while paving the way for economic growth and the creation of well-paid middle class jobs."
Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Thanks to this important investment, the City of Beaconsfield is completing projects that meet their needs related to drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure. The financial support announced today clearly shows how working in partnership can improve the quality of life of our fellow citizens."
Geoffrey Kelley, Member of the National Assembly for Jacques-Cartier and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region
"Effective water and sewer systems are essential services that enhance the daily lives of our residents. On behalf of Beaconsfield Council, I welcome the launch of this infrastructure work, which demonstrates our governments' mutual commitment to ensuring the long-term durability of public services."
Georges Bourelle, Mayor of Beaconsfield
- The City of Beaconsfield will receive $8,208,100 in joint government funding for three projects:
- $5,049,850 for the rehabilitation of more than 8,000 meters of wastewater pipes;
- $1,671,000 for the rehabilitation of more than 3,585 meters of drinking water pipes;
- $1,487,250 for the rehabilitation of more than 3,300 meters of drinking water pipes (work completed in November 2016).
- The Small Communities Fund is a joint federal‒provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is administered by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. The goal of this program is to provide financial support to Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents for, among other things, ensuring that water infrastructure complies with current standards and regulations.
- The Government of Canada will provide 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 proposed $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 2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan calls for $7 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means $15 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over the next 10 years.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html
Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html
The New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund, Small Communities Fund: http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures/programmes-daide-financiere/nouveau-fonds-chantiers-canada-quebec-volet-fonds-des-petites-collectivites-fpc/
2017-2027 Quebec Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Contacts: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-301-0894; 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; Mylène Gaudreau, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister Responsible for Native Affairs and MNA for Jacques-Cartier, 418-454-1226; For information: Pierre-Luc Lévesque, Communications, Department of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy, and Public Security, 418-646-6777, ext 3746; Infrastructure Canada, 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]