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Inauguration of new infrastructure at the J.M.-Jeanson water treatment plant in Sherbrooke

Combined federal-provincial funding of $41.1 million from Programme d’infrastructures Québec-Municipalités, the federal Gas Tax Fund, and a contribution from the Government of Quebec

February 12, 2016 – Sherbrooke

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Pablo Rodriguez, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Luc Fortin, Member of the National Assembly for Sherbrooke, Minister for Recreation and Sport, and Minister responsible for the Estrie Region, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister responsible for Montréal, participated today in the inauguration of important new infrastructure at the J.-M.-Jeanson water treatment plant in Sherbrooke.

Government representatives took the opportunity to highlight the $24.2 million in funding for the project provided through the federal Gas Tax Fund and the Government of Quebec’s contribution. Minister Fortin also announced that the Government of Quebec provided a further $16.9 million to the project through the Programme d’infrastructures Québec Municipalités (PIQM).

This project consisted of upgrading the four drinking water treatment and distribution systems operated by the City of Sherbrooke. At the J.M.-Jeanson plant, workers installed a new membrane filtration system, upgraded the ozonation and chlorination systems, and replaced the raw water intake pump. Other work involved converting the water filtration plant and adding drinking water mains in the Bromptonville sector, building a pumping station in Gendron, and installing new supply lines in Saint-Élie-d’Orford and Lennoxville. New water mains were also added to connect these facilities to the J.M.-Jeanson plant.

Quick facts

This project benefited from a federal-provincial contribution of $41.1 million:

  • $24.2 million came from the federal Gas Tax Fund and the Government of Quebec’s contribution:
    • federal portion: $17.1 million;
    • provincial portion: $7.1 million.
  • $16.9 million was also provided by the Government of Quebec through PIQM. The initial contribution for the project considered eligible through PIQM was $33.8 million, the other half of which was provided by the City of Sherbrooke.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is proud to be partnering with Quebec to contribute to projects that modernize critical municipal infrastructure like the one we’re celebrating today. 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 to participate today in the inauguration of these new facilities at the J. M. Jeanson water treatment plant. Our government actively works with municipalities to provide citizens with adequate public infrastructure that responds to their needs. By supporting this project, we have contributed to better drinking water management in the city and provided citizens with solid, sustainable infrastructure that delivers high-quality drinking water."

- Luc Fortin, Member of the National Assembly for Sherbrooke, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy

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Sources

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

Marie-Ève Pelletier
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs
and Land Occupancy, ministre
de la Sécurité publique et ministre
responsable de la région de Montréal

418-691-2050

Elizabeth Nadeau
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Sports and Leisure,
Minister responsible for the Estrie Region
and MNA for Sherbrooke
819-340-0578

For Information

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

Infrastructure Canada
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Mr. Jean-François Rouleau, municipal councillor; Mr. Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Member of Parliament for Sherbrooke; Mrs. Karine Vallières, Member of Parliament for Richmond; Luc Fortin, Minister for Recreation and Sport, Member of the National Assembly for Sherbrooke, and Minister responsible for the Estrie Region; Mr. Pablo Rodriguez, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Mr. Bernard Sévigny, Mayor of Sherbrooke; and Mr. Guy Hardy, Member of the National Assembly for Saint-François.

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