Gaspé, Quebec, April 28, 2017—The governments of Canada and Quebec are safeguarding public health and helping protect the province’s waterways by investing in projects to ensure that water and wastewater systems in the province are up to date and efficient, and meet communities’ increasing capacity needs. These investments will also help create jobs and grow the economy.
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families, and Minister Responsible for the Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region, announced an investment of close to $12.6 million for three water projects in Gaspésie under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
This financial support for the towns of Bonaventure and Gaspé will contribute to maintaining, renewing or developing their infrastructure to ensure the production and distribution of quality drinking water for residents or the proper disposal and treatment of wastewater. The Government of Canada is investing nearly $7.6 million for these projects, and the Government of Quebec is providing more than $5 million for a total joint contribution of almost $12.6 million. The municipalities will provide the remainder of the funding.
The approval of the projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund was made possible by the signing of a bilateral agreement between Canada and Quebec in July 2016, which made funding available for water projects across the province.
“ We are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These new projects in Gaspésie will safeguard the environment and well-being of residents. We will continue working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help protect the environment and preserve public health, while paving the way for economic growth and for the creation of good-paying middle-class jobs.”
– The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, on behalf of the Honorable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“ Thanks to the federal-provincial agreement of the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, two municipalities in Gaspésie will be able to complete important projects to meet their needs. The financial support announced today clearly shows how working in partnership is improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens.”
– Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families, and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister Responsible for the Montréal area
- Thanks to its base financial assistance rate of 83%, the CWWF is allowing municipalities to invest almost $800 million in infrastructure projects. Over the period of 2016 to 2018, the federal government will provide $363.8 million and the provincial government will provide $300 million for a total joint investment of $664 million. The implementation of the CWWF was made possible by the signing of a bilateral agreement between Canada and Quebec in July 2016, which made funding available for water projects across the province.
- This fund is part of the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada’s historic plan that provides more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding to improve public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- Budget 2017 proposed $21.9 billion over 11 years for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.