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Building Canada Fund – Quebec, Communities Component

Oka, Quebec, July 6, 2011 – The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today joined Michelle Courchesne, Quebec Minister responsible for Public Administration, Chair of the Conseil du trésor and Minister responsible for the Laurentides region, acting on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy, in announcing that the Municipality of Oka will receive $2,300,000 in joint government funding through the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund – Quebec to bring its drinking water plant up to standard.

"By funding this upgrade of the Oka water plant, we are seeing to it that the population continues to enjoy a high quality of living. The Government of Canada has made it its goal to ensure that every community is equipped with the kind of modern facilities that are essential to the health and safety of its citizens," stated Minister Lebel.

"In lending its financial support to this major infrastructure project, the Government of Quebec is moving forward to ensure the province’s municipalities have infrastructure that meets their unique realities while fostering sustainable development. By injecting new capital into the Quebec Infrastructure Plan, our government is looking to accelerate the execution of numerous infrastructure projects throughout the province, like this one in the Municipality of Oka, in an effort to improve the well-being of Quebecers, create jobs and promote a high-performance economy. In this way, we are leaving the municipality a legacy of quality infrastructure with which to face the challenges of the future," added Minister Courchesne.

This government financial assistance will be used to carry out renovations on the plant in order to bring it into compliance with current standards for the production of quality drinking water. Moreover, the plant's production capacity will be increased to ensure adequate distribution to residents in the parish and park districts, who are presently supplied by two worn wells located in Oka Park.

Completion of this project will necessitate an overall eligible investment of $4,600,000. The governments of Quebec and Canada will each contribute $1,150,000 toward the work, for a total of $2,300,000 in combined government funding, while the Municipality of Oka will invest the remaining $2,300,000 in the project.

The Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund – Quebec is a cost-sharing initiative aimed at funding infrastructure projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants. These communities are thus able to use this assistance to build or modernize infrastructure in major need of revitalization, including water treatment plants, water supply systems and cultural and sports centres.

The contribution from the Government of Canada has been awarded through Canada’s Economic Action Plan. To learn more about this plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca .

For further information on the Government of Quebec’s Quebec Infrastructure Plan, see www.infrastructures.gouv.qc.ca .

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Sources:

Simon Bachand
Senior Special Assistant, Communications
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Tel.: 514-496-1282

Julie Boivin
Press Secretary
Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy
Tel.: 418-691-2050

Marie-Ève Labranche
Regional Press Secretary
Office of the Minister responsible for the Laurentides region
Tel.: 450-689-5516

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