News Release Article from  Infrastructure Canada

Ministers Amarjeet Sohi and Christine St.-Pierre announce investments of more than $882,000 for le Conseil intermunicipal de transport Laurentides

Transfer of a portion of the federal Gas Tax Fund and a contribution from the Government of Quebec

December 22, 2015, Saint-Jérôme, Quebec – Infrastructure Canada

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Christine St-Pierre, Quebec Minister of International Relations, Minister of le Francophonie, and Minister responsible for the Laurentides region, on behalf of Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport, are pleased to announce that le Conseil intermunicipal de transport Laurentides will benefit from $882,075 through the federal Gas Tax Fund and a contribution from the Government of Quebec, for public transit infrastructure.

Le Conseil intermunicipal de transport Laurentides will use the funding announced today to purchase ACCESS/GIRO public transit management software. This new software will improve the organization's paratransit services, primarily by automating transit route design and allowing users to make reservations online.

Federal Gas Tax Fund allocations, including the Government of Quebec's contribution, are providing transportation agencies and authorities with long-term, stable and predictable funding.

From 2014–2019, transportation agencies and authorities in Quebec will receive $983.1 million for infrastructure and equipment improvements, with $485.5 million coming from the federal Gas Tax Fund and $497.6 million from the Government of Quebec's contribution. This funding is in addition to investments planned by the Quebec government under various other public transit programs totalling $1.1 billion for 2015–2016.

The Government of Quebec's contribution consists of revenue generated by the higher registration fees levied on vehicles with heavy-duty engines and revenue from the Fonds des réseaux de transport terrestre (FORT).

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is providing the Government of Quebec with nearly $2.4 billion for infrastructure renewal under the federal Gas Tax Fund over a five-year period, including $485.5 million for public transit infrastructure and equipment.
  • The Government of Quebec is allocating nearly $1.3 billion in funding over a five-year period, including nearly $497.6 million for public transit infrastructure and equipment.
  • The funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund, together with a portion of Quebec's contribution, is being administered by the Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL).

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is proud to be partnering with Quebec to support the purchase of this important software to improve transit services in the Laurentides region. This project is another example of our government's commitment to equipping Canadian communities with reliable public transit services, which help improve traffic flow, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce the long-term costs of building and maintaining roads and bridges."

- The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The future of public transit depends first and foremost on maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure and equipment. With a view to sustainable mobility, we are investing today to ensure benefits for tomorrow; we are contributing to a more mobile population while reducing traffic congestion and its associated effects."

- Christine St-Pierre, Quebec Minister of International Relations, Minister of la Francophonie, and Minister responsible for the Laurentides region, on behalf of Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport

Related links

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund.

To view the Gas Tax Fund Administrative Agreement between Canada and Quebec.

Programme d'aide aux immobilisations en transport en commun (financial assistance program for public transit) of the Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL) and associated terms and conditions.

Contacts

Press Office
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0947

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Email: media@infc.gc.ca
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Website: Infrastructure Canada

François Caouette
Press Secretary
Quebec Minister of International Relations, Minister of la Francophonie, and Minister responsible for the Laurentides region
418-649-2319

Anne-Catherine Couture
Press Secretary
Quebec Minister of Transport
418-643-6980


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