Canada's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund announces $4.4M designation to Magdalen Islands

Governments of Canada and Quebec are supporting two projects to improve water and wastewater systems.

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MAGDALEN ISLANDS, QC, MAY 8, 2017 -- More than $4.4 million for two water projects in the Municipality of Magdalen Islands has been designated under Canada's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

"We are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs," said Diane Lebouthillier, minister of national revenue and member of parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, minister of infrastructure and communities. "These new projects on the Magdalen Islands will safeguard the environment and well-being of residents. 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 growth and for the creation of good-paying middle-class jobs."

This financial support for the Municipality of Magdalen Islands will contribute to maintaining, renewing or developing their infrastructure to ensure the production and distribution of quality drinking water for residents or the proper disposal and treatment of wastewater. The Government of Canada is investing almost $2.7 million for these projects, and the Government of Quebec is providing almost $1.8 million for a total joint contribution of more than $4.4 million. The municipality will provide the remainder of the funding. These projects are in addition to the three projects already announced in Gaspésie under the CWWF.

The approval of the projects under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund was made possible by the signing of a bilateral agreement between Canada and Quebec in July 2016, which made funding available for water projects across the province.

"Thanks to this important investment, the Municipality of Magdalen Islands will be able to complete important projects to meet its needs related to drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure," said Germain Chevarie, member for Îles-de-la-Madeleine, on behalf of Martin Coiteux, minister of municipal affairs and land occupancy, minister of public security, and minister responsible for the Montréal area. "The financial support announced today clearly shows how working in partnership is improving the quality of life of our fellow citizens."

Thanks to its base financial assistance rate of 83%, the CWWF is allowing municipalities to invest almost $800 million in infrastructure projects. Over the period of 2016 to 2018, the federal government will provide $363.8 million and the provincial government will provide $300 million for a total joint investment of $664 million. The implementation of the CWWF was made possible by the signing of a bilateral agreement between Canada and Quebec in July 2016, which made funding available for water projects across the province.

This fund is part of the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada's historic plan that provides more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding to improve public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.

Budget 2017 proposed $21.9 billion over 11 years for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

The Government of Canada is contributing $2,681,564, representing 50% of the total eligible costs, and the province is providing $1,789,832. The municipality will provide the remaining funding.

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