ARCHIVED - The Governments of Canada and Quebec Provide the Municipality of Saint-Raphaël with a First Payment of $190,375 from the Transfer of a Portion of the Federal Gas Tax Revenues and the Government of Quebec's Contribution

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Saint-Raphaël, Quebec, February 6, 2009 – The Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, Steven Blaney, on behalf of John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, along with the Minister of Government Services and MNA for Bellechasse, Dominique Vien, on behalf of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Nathalie Normandeau, are pleased to announce that the Municipality of Saint-Raphaël will receive $190,375 under the federal-provincial agreement on the transfer of a portion of federal gasoline tax revenues and the Government of Quebec's contribution. This is the first payment to Saint-Raphaël, which will receive a total of $487,614 by the end of 2009 for important infrastructure projects.

The Municipality of Saint-Raphaël will use the funds to replace a potable water-line under Highway 281 and St-Pierre Boulevard, proceed with water research, including plans and specifications, the construction and connection of a new well as well as the preparation of a response plan and system inspection.

"Canada's economic growth is the Government of Canada's main focus," said MP Blaney. "In Canada's Economic Action Plan, we announced funding of close to $12 billion over two years to boost infrastructure investments. This funding is additional to the money already flowing through the Gas Tax Fund, which benefits the Municipality of Saint-Raphaël. Through our infrastructure commitments, the Government of Canada supports a stronger economy, creates jobs and allows communities in Quebec and in Canada to be more prosperous."

"The funding announced today is a reflection of our commitment to improve the quality of life of citizens. This means that the Municipality of Saint-Raphaël will now be able to rely on stable funding, which will facilitate the planning of the work that needs to be done. Another proof that the Government of Quebec recognizes the importance of the sustainability of infrastructure is the recent announcement of the extension of Quebec's contribution of $1.15 billion for the period ending in March 2014. These investments are part of the Plan québécois des infrastructures that foresees an investment of $41.8 billion for the 2008-2013 period, of which $3.15 billion will be used to maintain and improve municipal infrastructure. Repairing and modernizing public infrastructure is a priority for the Government of Quebec," added Minister Vien.

The goal of the Agreement on the transfer of federal Gas Tax revenues made between Canada and Québec in 2005 is to provide funding for the renewal of municipal and local infrastructure, and specifically for municipal drinking water, wastewater, local roads and public transit infrastructure, within a context of sustainable development. From 2005 to 2010, Quebec will receive $1.151 billion from the Gas Tax Fund, in addition to the Government of Quebec's contribution of $475.7 million. The funds will be administered by the Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL).

Moreover, Canada's Economic Action Plan includes the acceleration and expansion of recent historic federal investments in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years.

For more information please contact:

Chris Day
Press Secretary
Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
613-991-0700

Infrastructure Canada
613-948-1148

Louise Quintin
Press Secretary
Office of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy
418-691-2050