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Canada-Quebec Partnership to Support ...

Canada-Quebec Partnership to Support Municipalities and Create Jobs

More than $700 million for Quebec


LEVIS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2010) - Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, the Honourable John Baird, the Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Laurent Lessard, the MP for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere, Jacques Gourde, and the Quebec MNA for Levis, Gilles Lehouillier, are pleased to announce a total joint investment of more than $700 million to upgrade infrastructure throughout the province of Quebec.

Under the federal-provincial agreement for the program for the renewal of drinking water and wastewater pipes (PRECO), the two governments are providing a joint investment of $474,720,030 for a total of 365 projects in 245 Quebec municipalities. With the contribution of municipalities, a total of $712,080,045 will be used to carry out major infrastructure work. With today's announcement, the governments of Canada and Quebec have committed all of the funds earmarked for the province of Quebec under the PRECO program.

This is in addition to an envelope of $232,000,000 provided by the two governments as a top-up to the Building Canada-Quebec, Communities Component, part of the Building Canada Fund. This funding provides support for 106 projects to upgrade infrastructure in Quebec communities with few than 100,000 residents, where there is a great need for water filtration plants, water supply systems, local roads, and cultural and sports centres.

"Less than a year after launch after Prime Minister Harper and Premier Charest launched of the PRECO Program, we're back in Levis to celebrate the rapid commitment of all the funding for this program by the federal government, which has provided Quebec municipalities with over $350 million for infrastructure projects that create jobs and stimulate the economy," said Minister Baird. "As we enter the second phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan, our priority will be to continue its swift implementation and complete the remaining projects under the Stimulus Fund across the country. Once the economy is strong again, we will work on reducing the deficit and establishing a sound foundation for creating jobs and for economic growth."

"Our government has many times demonstrated its desire to move forward in providing Quebec municipalities with infrastructure tailored to their situation and focussed on sustainable development. Today, we are proud to have worked jointly with the federal government to make all these projects a reality," remarked Minister Lessard.

"The many projects unveiled in this announcement demonstrate our government's commitment to work with the Government of Quebec to speed up the start of infrastructure work and stimulate the economy," noted MP Gourde. "Our government is determined to improve the quality of life of Quebec residents through sound, reliable, state-of-the-art infrastructure."

"Today's announcement is an expression of the Government of Quebec's desire to support Quebec municipalities, including the City of Levis, by promoting development, with an emphasis on ensuring the sustainability of their municipal infrastructure," remarked MNA Gilles Lehouillier.

Joint investment of more than $3.6 million for Levis

The ministers also announced that the City of Levis will receive up to $3,592,100 in joint government funding under the PRECO program for three of its water and wastewater pipeline upgrading projects. One third of this funding ($1,796,050) will be provided by the municipality.

The work to be carried out in Levis involves the renewal of water and wastewater pipelines, as well as roads, sidewalks and curbs in a number of streets and roads where the pipes are to be replaced, including St Joseph Street between Plante and Cherbourg, along President Kennedy and Dumas Street between Vanier Road and des Erables Street.

The Government of Canada's contribution to PRECO comes from the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF), part of Canada's Economic Action Plan announced in the January 2009 Budget. The federal government has set aside up to $350 million from the ISF for Quebec projects approved under the PRECO program.

The $350-million contribution from the Government of Quebec is part of the Plan quebecois des infrastructures, which was expanded in January 2009 and now includes an investment of almost $42 billion for renewing existing infrastructure throughout Quebec over the next five years.

The Building Canada- Quebec, Communities Component, which is part of the Building Canada Fund, demonstrates the commitment by both governments to providing stable, long-term funding to allow small Quebec communities to modernize their public infrastructure, including filtration plants, water supply networks and cultural and sports centres. For provinces that have committed all of their funding under the Communities Component, the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan provides for up to $500 million in additional funding for projects that will be completed by March 31, 2011.

Additional information

For further information on infrastructure investments, go to www.creatingjobs.gc.ca and www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca.

For more information on the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

For further information on the Plan quebecois des infrastructures, visit www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fr/infrastructure.

Egalement disponible en francais: www.infrastructure.gc.ca.


Backgrounder - Program for the renewal of drinking water and wastewater pipes (PRECO) - Three PRECO projects in Levis: http://file.marketwire.com/release/inf_bck1_eng.pdf

Backgrounder - Building Canada Fund - Quebec, Communities Component Top-Up: http://file.marketwire.com/release/inf_bk2_eng.pdf
For more information, please contact
Office of the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure
Frederik Boisvert
Policy Advisor
613-991-0700

or

Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions
and Land Occupancy
Sylvain Bourassa
Press Secretary
418-691-2050

or

Infrastructure Canada
613-948-1148





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