CHIBOUGAMAU, QC, April 10, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - 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 Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, along with Jean Boucher, Member of the National Assembly for Ungava and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, 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 $2.2 million for upgrades to Chibougamau's waste water pumping stations in the Nord-du-Québec region under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. This financial support will contribute to maintaining, renewing or developing the municipality's 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 more than $1.3 million in this project and the Government of Quebec is providing almost $880,000 for a total joint contribution of over $2.2 million. The municipality will provide the remainder of the funding.
The approval of this project 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 that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. 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 Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Thanks to the federal-provincial agreement of the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, the Town of Chibougamau will be able to complete an important project to meet their needs related to drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure. The financial support announced today clearly shows how working in partnership is improving the quality of life of our citizens."
Jean Boucher, MNA for Ungava and Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Montréal region
"I am more than pleased by the announcement of this contribution from the CWWF. Upgrading water and wastewater systems is a priority for the Town of Chibougamau. By optimizing our network, we will ensure quality service for our residents for years to come."
Manon Cyr, Mayor of Chibougamau
- Thanks to its base financial assistance rate of 83%, 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 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: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
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.
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; Marie-Ève Pelletier, 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; Frédérique Brais-Chaput, Political attaché, Office of the MNA for Ungava, 418-748-6046; 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]