After a winter of devastating watermain breaks and pipeline bursts, Quebec municipalities must have jumped with joy to learn that the province is investing heavily in water and sewer mains.

An announcement yesterday confirmed that the governments of Canada and Quebec will jointly invest $700 million. The federal government will contribute up to $350 million in infrastructure stimulus funding for projects identified under this simple and innovative program. Combined with municipal contributions, over $1 billion will be available for projects that can begin construction over the next two years.

Montreal’s share alone is $100 million, on top of the $127 million the city has already designated for repairing aging water infrastructure. Montreal expects to begin 100 watermain projects this summer.

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