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Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund

Saint-Gervais, Quebec, June 27, 2010 – At the inauguration of the Saint-Gervais drinking water plant, Dominique Vien, Member of the National Assembly for Bellechasse and Minister of Government Services, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy  and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region, as well as Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, referred today to the $937,834 in government assistance which the municipality had received under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF).

This government assistance was used to upgrade the drinking water treatment facilities in Saint-Gervais. The project involved expansion of the existing service building to install an ionic exchange water treatment system and a combined ultraviolet ray and chlorine disinfection system. The work helped to improve drinking water quality for the population of over 1,900 people.

“I am proud to be here at the inauguration of the Saint-Gervais drinking water treatment plant. With these upgraded facilities, the Municipality of Saint-Gervais will be able to guarantee its citizens drinking water of higher quality,” said MNA and Minister Dominique Vien.

“The Government of Canada is very proud to see the completion of this project, essential to the quality of life of the people of Saint-Gervais. Infrastructure projects are vital to the future of Quebec and Canada. They make a tangible and long-lasting contribution to improving the quality of life for residents and boost the economic development and vitality of the regions,” said Minister of State Lebel.

Completion of this project necessitated a total eligible investment of $1,875,667 under component 1 of the MRIF. The governments of Quebec and Canada each contributed $468,917, for total government assistance of $937,834, while the Municipality of Saint-Gervais invested $937,833.

Saint-Gervais Mayor Gilles Nadeau said he was delighted with the completion of the project, which would improve the quality of essential services for residents while furthering the development of the municipality.

Under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, a cost-sharing initiative of the Government of Quebec and Government of Canada, $390 million in funding has been made available to Quebec municipalities. With the financial participation of the municipalities, this initiative could result in the execution of more than $576 million in work. The objectives of the MRIF are to improve community infrastructure, the quality of the environment and citizens’ quality of life, and to promote long-term economic growth.

The program, in force until March 31, 2010, was administered by the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy. Canada Economic Development is responsible for delivering the federal portion of the MRIF on behalf of the Government of Canada.

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Sources:

Alexandre Noël
Communications Advisor
Constituency Office of the MNA for Bellechasse
Office of the Minister of Government Services
Tel.: 418-528-0177

Ève Cardinal
Special Assistant, Communications 
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Canada Economic Development  
Tel.: 819-997-3319

Information:

Caroline Saint-Pierre
Communications
Office of the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy
Tel.: 418-691-2015

Guylaine Beaudoin
Communications
Canada Economic Development
Tel.: 418-648-4679