UMQ Happy with changes to community funds pro­gram

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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