UMQ Happy with changes to community funds program
The Union des municipalités du Quebec (UMQ) is satisfied with the changes announced on July 7th to the Fonds pour les petites collectivites of the Nouveau Fonds Chantier Canada-Quebec (NFCCQ). The changes unveiled by the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, and the Minister of Affaires municipals et de l’Occupation du territoire, Martin Coiteux, are in line with the requests made by the UMQ, among others, regarding the widening of admissible categories to the NFCCQ.
“The UMQ hails the collaboration of the two Ministers to improve the NFCCQ in order that it responds to the needs and realities of the municipalities. The financing that will be allocated for local infrastructure projects in tourism, culture, recreation and ferry services for passengers will allow municipalities in all regions of Quebec to put in place an environment suitable to development and the prosperity of the communities. More than $14 billion in projects are ready to get started over the entire territory; local initiatives are not lacking!” said the first vice-president of the UMQ and the mayor of Drummondville, Alexandre Cusson.
In the past, the UMQ strongly denounced the exclusion of cultural, recreational and sporting infrastructure to the NFCCQ since the decision was contrary to the priorities formulated by the municipalities and to the diverse needs of communities.