Governments of Canada, Quebec Support Lauerentians Region System Improvements
The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing more than $23 million for 12 water projects in the Laurentians region under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) and the New Building Canada Fund-Quebec, Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF).
The investments safeguard public health and helps 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.
Announcing the investment was: David Graham, member of Parliament for Laurentides–Labelle, on behalf the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; as well as Christine St-Pierre, the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie and Minister responsible for the Laurentians region; and Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister Responsible for the Montréal.
“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,” Graham said. “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 financial support granted to five municipalities will contribute to maintaining, renewing or developing their infrastructure to ensure the production and distribution of high quality drinking water for residents or the proper disposal and treatment of waste water.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $13.6 million in these projects and the Government of Quebec is providing more than $9.3 million for a total joint contribution of over $23 million. The municipalities will provide the remainder of the funding.
The approval of the projects under 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.
- Thanks to its base financial assistance rate of 83 percent, 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.
- This Fund is part of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s historic plan that provides more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for 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.
- The Small Communities Fund is a joint federal-provincial program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada in partnership with provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is managed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy. The Fund provides communities across the country with less than 100,000 residents financial support to help maintain and implement water infrastructure that complies with regulations.