The governments of Canada and Quebec fund a new project to improve water infrastructure in Mauricie

SAINT-ÉTIENNE-DES-GRÈS, QC, June 2, 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 communities meet their increasing capacity needs while contributing to job creation and economic growth in the region.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain, along with Marc H. Plante, Member of the National Assembly for Maskinongé and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, announced an investment of more than $2.2 million under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for a water-related project in Saint-Étienne-des-Grès. This financial support will help to maintain the municipality's infrastructure to ensure the proper disposal and treatment of wastewater

The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.3 million in this project and the Government of Quebec is providing more than $880,000 for a total joint contribution of over $2.2 million. The municipality of Saint-Étienne-des-Grès will provide the remainder of the funding. This project is in addition to the 16 projects already announced for the Mauricie region under the CWWF.

The approval of the projects under the CWWF 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.

Quotes

"We are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. The wastewater treatment system renewal project in Saint-Étienne-des-Grès is one of many we are supporting in the Mauricie region to help protect the environment and keep our communities healthy."

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice‒Champlain, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The announcement of this new project demonstrates our commitment to supporting municipalities in all regions of Québec. It also shows how working in partnership is improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens and contributing to the protection of the environment."

Marc H. Plante, Member of the National Assembly for Maskinongé and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Montréal region

"The Municipality of Saint-Étienne-des-Grès is very pleased with this announcement confirming more than $2.2 million in financial support from the CWWF program. The funding will be used to upgrade the aerated ponds, which will double our wastewater holding capacity and allow us to connect new residences to our municipal sewer system over the next few years."

Robert Landry, Mayor of Saint-Étienne-des-Grès

« La Municipalité de Saint-Étienne-des-Grès est très heureuse de cette annonce qui confirme une aide financière de plus de 2,2 millions de dollars provenant du programme FEPTEU. En effet, cette subvention servira à mettre à niveau les étangs aérés et ainsi à en doubler la capacité d'accueil en eaux usées. Ces travaux rendent donc possible le raccordement de nouvelles résidences à notre réseau d'égouts municipal dans les prochaines années. »

Quick facts

  • The Municipality of Saint-Étienne-des-Grès will receive over $ 2.2 million to upgrade its wastewater treatment system; $ 1,336,253 from the Government of Canada and $ 881,928 from the Government of Quebec
  • Thanks to its base financial assistance rate of 83%, the CWWF 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 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.

Associated links

For more information about the Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html

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/.

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SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, Brook.Simpson@canada.ca; 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; Louis-Maxim Toutant, Political Advisor, Office of the MNA for Maskinongé, 819 228-9722; 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, media@infc.gc.ca

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