Canada and Quebec invest in water infrastructure to ensure adequate services and stimulate economy 17 September

From: Infrastructure Canada

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced funding for 11 infrastructure projects in the Lanaudière region. These projects include upgrades to municipal drinking water, storm-water management and wastewater collection systems.

The Government of Canada is investing over $12.9 million through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Quebec is also investing over $12.9 million through the Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau (FIMEAU) funding program.

These federal-provincial contributions are part of a significant $637.8 million investment, announced by both governments on August 20, to upgrade water infrastructure in the province.

Quotes

“Building healthy communities starts with investing in essential services. Working with our provincial and municipal partners, we are ensuring Quebecers have access to safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater systems. Modern and efficient water infrastructure is essential to support healthy and resilient communities throughout Quebec. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger communities.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Once again, our government is showing its commitment to prioritizing sustainable development with the modernization of water infrastructure. It is vital that all Quebecers have access to quality essential services. I am also proud of this investment because it contributes to the well-being of current and future generations, all the while having a considerable and positive impact on economic recovery. This is a fine example of partnership for the benefit of our communities”

Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“I am very pleased that the Lanaudière region can benefit from these water infrastructure projects. The work that will be carried out is a significant investment which will ensure the sustainability of our municipal infrastructure all while creating jobs and helping communities get back on their feet.”

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Quebec Lieutenant

“I welcome today’s announcement. Thanks to this important investment, citizens of Lanaudière will have access to improved and sustainable water infrastructure. These are significant projects for the region as they will contribute to economic restart and development in numerous municipalities, while also improving quality of life for local residents – both core priorities for our governments.”

Caroline Proulx, Minister of Tourisme and Minister responsible for the Lanaudière Region

Quick facts

  • Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public-transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

  • As part of the Investing in Canada Plan, the Government of Canada has invested over $6.2 billion in 790 infrastructure projects in Quebec.

  • The Government of Quebec’s Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau (FIMEAU) aims to carry out the construction, rehabilitation, expansion and addition to municipal water and wastewater infrastructure. It consists of a total investment of $1.5 billion. Two more project submission periods are planned for 2022 and 2024.

  • Quebec’s 2020-2030 Infrastructure Plan calls for nearly $7.5 billion in investments in municipal infrastructure under the responsibility of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation (MAMH).

  • To support Canadians and communities during the coronavirus pandemic, a new stream has been added to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure.

  • Furthermore, the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative will provide up to $31 million in existing federal funding to help communities adapt spaces and services in response to immediate and ongoing coronavirus-related needs over the next two years.

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