The governments of Canada and Quebec are protecting public health and helping preserve waterways by investing in projects to ensure modern efficient water and wastewater treatment systems. These investments are helping communities meet their growing needs while creating jobs and boosting the regional economy.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister Responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region, today announced a joint investment of nearly $4.6 million to replace the current wastewater treatment system and build a new pumping station in Sainte-Eulalie. Also attending were; Andrée Laforest, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister Responsible for the Saguenay–Lac‑Saint‑Jean‑Region; Donald Martel, Member of the National Assembly for Nicolet-Bécancour; and Gilles Jr Bédard, Mayor of Sainte-Eulalie.
The Government of Canada is contributing close to $2.8 million to this project, and the Government of Quebec is providing over $1.8 million. The Municipality will provide the remaining funding, bringing the total government‑municipal investment to more than $5.5 million.
“Modern efficient water infrastructure is essential to preserving the well-being of our families and building the Quebec and Canada of tomorrow. This work in Sainte-Eulalie will help protect local ecosystems while increasing the municipality’s wastewater treatment capacity. By investing in projects like these we are making sure our communities have sustainable infrastructure that improves people’s quality of life for years to come.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
“This investment is very good news for the citizens of Sainte-Eulalie. Our government is committed to providing high-quality public services in all regions of Quebec. It is by working with our municipal partners that we will create pleasant prosperous places to live for the greater good of the people.”
André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Minister Responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region.
"Today is an important day for Sainte-Eulalie, not only for our residents, but also for the business community; we’ve been waiting for this announcement for some time and are very happy about it. The funding will make a variety of projects possible that will meet the current and future needs of businesses, property developers and especially residents who deserve quality essential services."
Gilles Jr Bédard, Mayor of Sainte-Eulalie.
This project is getting funding through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Thanks to its base financial assistance rate of 83%, the program is allowing municipalities to invest almost $800 million in infrastructure projects. The federal government is providing $363.8 million and the Government of Quebec is providing $300 million for a total joint investment of $664 million.
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. $26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
The 2018-2028 Quebec Infrastructure Plan indicates nearly $7.3 billion in investments for municipal infrastructure under the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. When combined with contributions from the Government of Canada and municipalities, this means that more than $14.3 billion will be invested in municipal infrastructure in Quebec over ten years.