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Canada and Quebec support a project to improve the safety of public infrastructure in Lac-Saguay

LAC-SAGUAY, QC, Nov. 10, 2017 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --

The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that investing in infrastructure is fundamental to promoting economic growth, enhancing public safety and protecting communities against natural disasters.

David Graham, Member of Parliament for Laurentides-Labelle, and Yves St-Denis, Member of the National Assembly for Argenteuil, announced today that the governments of Canada and Quebec will each invest close to $60,000 for upgrading work on the Georges-Painchaud Park dam at Lac-Saguay.

This assistance comes from the New Building Canada-Quebec Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component--Small Communities Fund. The Municipality of Lac-Saguay will also invest close to $60,000, for a total of over $175,000 in government and municipal investments.

The work involved in refitting the dam will make it possible to meet the community's needs with the maintenance of the water level to ensure the provision of drinking water while preventing floods.

Quotes

"I am very pleased to announce this financial assistance which will enable Lac-Saguay to significantly improve the dam at the Georges-Painchaud Park so as to ensure better management of the water level during high-water periods, while fostering its sustainability. Renewal of public infrastructure plays a key role in creating strong communities. We are making investments that are contributing to growth throughout the country, in particular this region, while creating a solid foundation for a sustainable economic future."

David Graham, MP for Laurentides-Labelle, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"By proactively investing in our infrastructure, we are solidifying the government's commitment to sustainability. With the approval of this grant, not only are we are supporting a significant project for the municipality of Lac-Saguay, but we are also taking a concrete step to enhance public safety down the road. The modernization of this dam will further equip us as we prepare for the future."

Yves St-Denis, MNA for Argenteuil, on behalf of André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification

"When we improve our infrastructure, while allowing our taxpayers to breathe, it's also improving the quality of life in our day to day environment. We would like to thank both levels of governments for the approval of this grant, especially for this openness to support small communities."

Francine Asselin Bélisle, Mayor of Lac-Saguay

Quick facts

    --  The Small Communities Fund is a joint federal-provincial
        program coordinated by Infrastructure Canada, in partnership
        with the provinces and territories. In Quebec, the Fund is
        managed by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Land
        Occupancy (MAMOT). The purpose of this program is to provide
        Canadian municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents with
        financial support so that they can build infrastructure that
        will contribute to mitigating the risks of natural disasters.
    --  The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in
        infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green
        and social infrastructure, and transportation that supports
        trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
    --  As part of Quebec's 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan, $7 billion
        will be invested in municipal infrastructure for which MAMOT is
        responsible. When combined with contributions from the
        Government of Canada and municipalities, this means $15 billion
        will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over the
        next 10 years.


Associated links

Investing in Canada Plan, the Government of Canada's $180 billion-plus infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html

Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html

New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html

New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component--Small Communities Fund: http://www.mamot.gouv.qc.ca/infrastructures/programmes-daide-financiere/nouveau-fonds-chantiers-canada-quebec-volet-fonds-des-petites-collectivites-fpc/

Quebec's 2017-2027 Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf

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SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

View original content: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2017/10/c7521.html

SOURCE: Infrastructure Canada

SOURCE: Government of Canada

Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and
Communities, Tel.: 613-219-0149; Melanie Cayer, Political Attache, Argenteuil MNA
Office, Tel.: 450-562-0785; For information, Infrastructure Canada, Tel.:
613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email address: infc.media.infc@canada.ca;
Pierre-Luc Levesque, Media Relations, Communications Directorate, Quebec Department
of Municipal Affairs, Land Occupancy and Public Security, Tel.: 418-646-6777, ext.
3746

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