Funding for 21 infrastructure projects in the Centre-du-Québec region has been announced by the federal and provincial governments.

The funding will be used to upgrade municipal drinking water, stormwater management, and wastewater collection systems.

“Building healthy communities starts with investing in essential services,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities. “Working with our provincial and municipal partners, we are ensuring Quebecers have access to safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater systems.”

“Modern and efficient water infrastructure is essential to support healthy and resilient communities throughout Quebec,” added McKenna. “Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger communities.”

The Government of Canada is investing over $19.3 million through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Quebec is also investing over $19.3 million through the Fonds pour l’infrastructure municipale d’eau (FIMEAU) funding program.

“Once again, our government is showing its commitment to prioritizing sustainable development with the modernization of water infrastructure,” said Andrée Laforest, minister of municipal affairs and housing.

“It is vital that all Quebecers have access to quality essential services,” added Laforest. “I am also proud of this investment because it contributes to the well-being of current and future generations, all the while having a considerable and positive impact on economic recovery. This is a fine example of partnership for the benefit of our communities.”

These federal–provincial contributions are part of a significant $637.8 million investment, announced by both governments on August 20, to upgrade water infrastructure in the province.

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“I welcome today’s announcement: the amount invested in the region will provide our citizens with access to water infrastructure that better meets current quality standards,” said André Lamontagne, minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec Region. “Additionally, the implementation of future projects will contribute to the health of the economy in several municipalities across the province.”

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