Rimouski, Quebec - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Secretary of State for Agriculture, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Claude Béchard, Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks and Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, on behalf of NathalieNormandeau, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Regions, are pleased to announce that the city of Rimouski will receive $1,578,900 under the federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline excise tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution. This is the first payment for the City of Rimouski, which will receive a total of $6,578,752 over the next four years for major infrastructure projects.
“The Government of Canada is proud to work in partnership with the Government of Quebec on improving the quality of life for residents of Rimouski while respecting each other's fields of jurisdiction,” stated Mr.Paradis on behalf of Minister Cannon. “As demonstrated today, Canada's new government is honouring its commitment to providing the provinces, territories and municipalities with stable and reliable funding to help them meet their infrastructure needs. I am pleased that with these funds from the federal gas tax, the City of Rimouski will be able to improve its local infrastructure, including its drinking water supply.”
“Infrastructure repair and modernization is a priority for the Government of Quebec. Today's announcement represents real action for the city of Rimouski and is a clear indication of the governments' commitment to helping improve the quality of life of the residents of Quebec municipalities,” added Minister Béchard.
The goal of the Canada-Quebec Agreement is to provide funding for the renewal of municipal and local infrastructure, and specifically for municipal drinking water, wastewater, local road system and public transit infrastructure, within a context of sustainable development. Canada's new government will pay the Government of Quebec a total of $1.34 billion over five years, to which Quebec will add $475.7 million, for a grand total of $1.8 billion. Including contributions from municipalities, $2.3 billion will go toward renewing municipal infrastructure. The funds will be administered by the Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL).
Mise à jour : 2007-01-22 11:18:00