The Gleaner

Additional $7M boosts municipal projects and recovery in Huntingdon riding

The Huntingdon riding will receive an influx of $7 million, thanks to the Quebec gas tax and contribution program.

On July 5, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest, announced that the Government of Quebec’s contribution to the program would increase by $496 million, which is equivalent to the amount already confirmed by the federal government. As a result, nearly $1 billion has been added to the program’s envelope, which now totals more than $4.4 billion.

In a press release, the provincial government noted this investment reflects a desire to stimulate economic recovery in all regions of Quebec by supporting the realization of projects that meet the priorities of municipalities.

The new funds will enable municipalities to finance municipal infrastructure projects, including those related to drinking water, wastewater treatment, and local road networks.

“By providing financial support to municipalities for their infrastructure projects, our government is showing that it is listening to the regions and that it is willing to invest in maintaining quality services for citizens,” says Laforest.

“It is also a way for us to accelerate economic recovery in each of our beautiful regions,” she adds, while emphasizing the funds represent a major step in the realization of promising projects at the municipal level.

For her part, Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle says she is encouraged by her government’s contribution. “This is a very reassuring announcement for the 28 municipalities in the Huntingdon riding,” she says, noting that the funds will help ensure quality municipal infrastructure is put in place and that completed projects support the economic vitality of the region. (SR)


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