Federal, Provincial Governments To Support 26 Infrastructure Projects Across Quebec
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.
Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, along with Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister Responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region, 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 $64 million for 26 water projects in the Centre-du-Québec region under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the New Building Canada Fund-Quebec, Small Communities Fund. The financial support granted to 16 municipalities 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 almost $38.4 million in these projects and the Government of Quebec is providing close to $25.7 million for a total joint contribution of more than $64 million. The municipalities will provide the remainder of the funding.
The approval of the projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund 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. These new projects in the Centre-du-Québec region will safeguard the environment and well-being of residents. 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."
Marc Miller, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Thanks to the federal-provincial agreements, sixteen municipalities in the Centre-du-Québec region will be able to complete important projects 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."
Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region
- 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 proposes $21.9 billion for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- The Small Communities Fund is a joint federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is managed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. The Fund provides communities across the country with less than 100,000 residents financial support to help maintain and implement water infrastructure that complies with regulations.