The federal government and the Province of Quebec have announced funding for 21 infrastructure projects in the Centre-du-Québec region.
These infrastructure projects include upgrades to municipal drinking water, storm-water management and wastewater collection systems.
The Government of Canada is investing over $19.3 million through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Quebec is also investing over $19.3 million through the Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau (FIMEAU) funding program.
“Building healthy communities starts with investing in essential services. Working with our provincial and municipal partners, we are ensuring Quebecers have access to safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater systems,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Modern and efficient water infrastructure is essential to support healthy and resilient communities throughout Quebec. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger communities.”
These federal–provincial contributions are part of a significant $637.8 million investment, announced by both governments on August 20, to upgrade water infrastructure in the province.
“Once again, our government is showing its commitment to prioritizing sustainable development with the modernization of water infrastructure. It is vital that all Quebecers have access to quality essential services,” said Andrée Laforest, Quebec’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I am also proud of this investment because it contributes to the well-being of current and future generations, all the while having a considerable and positive impact on economic recovery.”
Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public-transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
As part of the Investing in Canada Plan, the Government of Canada has invested over $6.2 billion in 790 infrastructure projects in Quebec.
Quebec’s FIMEAU aims to carry out the construction, rehabilitation, expansion and addition to municipal water and wastewater infrastructure. It consists of a total investment of $1.5 billion. Two more project submission periods are planned for 2022 and 2024.