SAINTE-CLAIRE, QUÉBEC, MARCH 20, 2017 -- The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing in projects to ensure that water and wastewater systems in the province are up to date and efficient and meet communities' increasing capacity needs. These investments will also help create jobs and grow the economy.
Government officials announced an investment of more than $62.3 million for 36 water projects in the Chaudière-Appalaches region under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) and the New Building Canada Fund-Quebec, Small Communities Fund (NBCF-SCF).
"These vital investments in the Chaudière-Appalaches region's water infrastructure reflect the Government of Canada's commitment to ensuring access to sustainable and adequate services for Canadians for years to come," Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Québec, said. "We will continue working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help protect the environment and preserve public health, while paving the way for economic development that creates good jobs and strengthens the middle class."
The financial support granted to 30 municipalities in the region will contribute to maintaining, renewing or developing their infrastructure to ensure the production and distribution of high quality drinking water for residents or the proper disposal and treatment of wastewater. The Government of Canada is investing more than $37.3 million in these projects and the Government of Quebec is providing more than $24.9 million for a total joint contribution of over $62.3 million. The municipalities will provide the remainder of the funding.
The approval of the projects under the CWWF was made possible bythe signing of a bilateral agreement between Canada and Quebecin July 2016, which made funding available for water projects across the province.