Municipalities To Receive More Than $21.6 Million
The Honourable Senator, Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, on behalf of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, the Honourable Denis Lebel, and the Member of the National Assembly for Orford and Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, Pierre Reid, on behalf of Quebec’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Pierre Moreau, are pleased to announce that 20 Estrie communities will receive $21,621,492 over the next five years under the new federal-provincial Gas Tax Fund agreement and from the Government of Quebec’s contribution for the completion of priority infrastructure projects.
“The federal Gas Tax Fund supports economic growth from coast to coast by ensuring that Canadian communities continue to provide a quality of life that ranks among the best in the world. Our government is proud to provide municipalities with predictable, long-term funding to help them build and revitalize their public infrastructure
while creating jobs and promoting long-term prosperity,” said the Honourable Boisvenu.
“Thanks to the new Canada-Québec Gas Tax Fund Agreement, Orford’s twenty municipalities now have a reliable, flexible, predictable source of funding for their water and wastewater projects, roads and public transit, as well as for infrastructure projects in the newly added categories of community, culture, and sports and recreation, “added the Member of the National Assembly Reid.
Under the federal Gas Tax Fund and the contribution from the Government of Quebec, financial support for municipal infrastructure in Quebec will amount to $2.67 billion over the next five years.
The federal Gas Tax Fund provides long-term, stable and predictable funding to help Canadian municipalities build and revitalize their local infrastructure while creating jobs and promoting longterm prosperity. The funding has been extended and the amount allocated has doubled, increasing from $1 billion to $2 billion per year. It has also been indexed at 2% per year and legislated as a permanent source of federal infrastructure funding for municipalities.
Transfer of a portion of the federal Gas Tax Fund rev
enues and the Government of Quebec’s contribution
Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu (left) and Orford MNA Pierre Reid announced over $20 million in funding for infrastructure projects last Friday.