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Over one million dollars for the renewal of water and wastewater pipelines
Program for the renewal of drinking water and wastewater pipes (PRECO)

Saint-Agapit, Quebec, November 1, 2010  The Member of Parliament for Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, Jacques Gourde, and the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region, Laurent Lessard, are pleased to announce a joint financial contribution of $1,086,750 for Saint-Agapit under a federal-provincial agreement made in relation to the Program for the renewal of drinking water and wastewater pipes (PRECO). Together with the municipality's contribution, these investments, estimated at $1,630,125, will fund major infrastructure work in Saint-Agapit.

" Through its contribution to PRECO, our government is helping to create jobs, which is stimulating the regional economy, " declared MP Gourde, on behalf of Canada's Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. " Today's announcement is a tangible example of the close collaboration between Canada, Quebec and municipalities to invest all PRECO funds as quickly as possible. "

" Through PRECO, Saint-Agapit will be able to consolidate its drinking water supply, especially on Olivier St., du Collège St. and Pouliot St. thus providing its residents with a better quality of life. These major investments will also support job creation in the Chaudière-Appalaches region, ensuring the sustainable development of a prosperous Quebec, " added Minister Lessard.

A simple and innovative program, PRECO enables Quebec municipalities to restore or replace their water mains, sewers and storm sewers. Investment priorities are set by the municipalities in accordance with action plans submitted to the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy. The municipalities can choose between repair and replacement, thus enjoying broader autonomy. There are over 80,000 kilometres of municipal underground water and sewer mains in Quebec, estimated to be worth over $60 billion.

The Canada and Quebec governments have allocated a total of $700 million for projects funded under this program. When combined with municipal contributions, over $1 billion has been made available for eligible projects due for completion by December 31, 2010.

As part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is providing funding to approximately 4,000 infrastructure projects across the country. The Government of Canada has earmarked up to $350 million of this fund for approved PRECO projects.

The Quebec government's $350 million contribution comes from its Plan québécois des infrastructures, in which Quebec is investing more than $42.6 billion between  2009 and 2014, with $3.7 billion reserved for municipal infrastructure.

Additional information:

For more information on infrastructure investments, visit Creating Jobs and Infrastructure for Government of Quebec.

For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit Canada's Economic Action Plan.

For more information on the Plan québécois des infrastructures, visit Quebec Infrastucture Plan.

Contacts:

Jacques Fauteux
Director, Policy and Communications
Office of Canada's Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

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