News Release Article from  Infrastructure Canada

Over $700,000 for upgrades to the drinking water treatment and supply system in Saint-Fortunat

Saint-Fortunat, January 15, 2016 – Infrastructure Canada

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Pablo Rodriguez, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Quebec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon Lotbinière–Frontenac, Laurent Lessard, on behalf of Pierre Moreau, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, today announced that the Municipality of Saint-Fortunat will benefit from funding of $205,344 under the federal Gas Tax Fund and the Government of Quebec’s contribution for upgrades to the drinking water treatment and supply system in Saint-Fortunat. Minister Lessard also took the opportunity to announce funding of $502,392 from the Quebec Municipal Infrastructure Program, bringing the total combined funding amount from the federal and provincial governments for this project to $707,736.

The project involves upgrading the drinking water treatment and supply system in Saint-Fortunat. Work includes installing a groundwater well, constructing a new service facility with a chlorination and manganese removal disinfection system, adding pipelines to the new facility as well as new supply lines, and remedial work to the existing drinking water reservoir.

Quick facts

  • Most of the funding for this project comes from the Programme d'infrastructures municipales d'eau (PRIMEAU). Under component two of PRIMEAU, the total eligible expense has been set at $583,160; the Government of Quebec's contribution is $502,392, and the Municipality of Saint-Fortunat's contribution is $80,768.
  • The Municipality of Saint-Fortunat is also benefiting from an investment of $205,344 under the federal Gas Tax Fund and Quebec's contribution through the 2014–2018 allocation. The Government of Canada's contribution is $145,384 and the Government of Quebec's contribution is $59,960.
  • The Programme d'infrastructures municipales d'eau provideS funding to Quebec municipalities for the construction, rehabilitation or expansion of water infrastructure.
  • The Federal Gas Tax Fund provides long-term, stable and predictable funding to help Canadian municipalities build and revitalize their local infrastructure while creating jobs and fostering long-term prosperity.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is proud to have partnered with Quebec to improve the drinking water treatment and supply system in St. Fortunat. We are determined to build solid relationships with our municipal and provincial partners to contribute to the development of strong communities across the country and to improve the quality of life of all Canadians through investments in public infrastructure."

- Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"I am delighted by the financial support from the Government of Quebec announced today for upgrades to the drinking water treatment and supply system in Saint-Fortunat. This investment demonstrates our government’s commitment to providing high-quality community facilities. Thanks to this upgrade project, the Municipality of Saint-Fortunat will be able to ensure better water management in addition to ensuring strong, sustainable infrastructure, a healthier environment and better public services for residents of the community."

- Laurent Lessard, Quebec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon Lotbinière-Frontenac, on behalf of Pierre Moreau, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy

"The funding announced today is timely for the residents of Saint-Fortunat. Since 2002, the municipality has been under a permanent boil-water advisory. Thanks to the funding contributions from the governments of Canada and Quebec, we will soon have access to safe drinking water. These upgrades will allow the municipality to better meet the needs of residents."

- Denis Fortier, Mayor of Saint-Fortunat

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Contacts

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

Catherine Poulin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Land Occupancy
418-691-2050

Jean-Philip Gagné
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks
and MNA for Huntingdon Lotbinière-Frontenac
418-332-3444

For Information

Audrey Garon
Communications
Department of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy
418-691-2015 (3230)

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll-free 1-877-250-7154
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