The governments of Canada and Quebec announced $6.1 million for three new projects related to water in the Estrie region: one in Asbestos and two in Stanstead.
The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and MP for Compton–Stanstead and Luc Fortin, Minister Responsible for the Estrie Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region, announced an investment under the Clean Water and Waste Water Fund (CWWF).
The financial support granted for these projects 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 waste water. The federal government is investing close to $3.7 million in these projects and the Quebec government is providing more than $2.4 million for a total joint contribution of over $6.1 million. The municipalities will provide the balance. These projects are in addition to the five projects already announced for the Estrie region under the CWWF.
The Town of Stanstead will receive more than $1.8 million to connect a well to its drinking water system, with $1,135,250 coming from the Government of Canada and $749,265 from the Government of Quebec. It will also benefit from more than $ 2.3 million in funding assistance for the upgrading of its wastewater treatment plants: $1,406,250 from the Government of Canada and $928,125 from the Government of Quebec. The City of Asbestos will benefit from more than $1.9 million in government funding for the renewal of its water pipes, with $1,152,918 coming from the Government of Canada and $760,927 from the Government of Quebec.
“We are committed to investing in local infrastructure projects that ensure Canadians have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services, like those we’re announcing today for Estrie. 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,” said Bibeau.