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Federal and Quebec governments sign 10-year infrastructure deal

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Federal and Quebec governments sign 10-year infrastructure deal

QUEBEC CITY — The federal and Quebec governments have announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $7.5 billion in federal funding over the next decade for infrastructure projects in Quebec.

A recent statement said the projects will be cost-shared with the Quebec government, municipalities and other partners and will be funded through the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Canada will invest $5.2 billion in public transit projects, $1.8 billion in green infrastructure projects, $257 million in community, cultural and recreational infrastructure projects and $288.5 million in rural and northern community infrastructure projects.

The funds for northern and rural communities are intended to improve food security as defined by the United Nations Committee on World Food Security, upgrade road, air and marine infrastructure and improve access to energy sources and education and health facilities specific to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, the statement explained.

The federal funds are in addition to $100.4 billion the Province of Quebec will invest through the 2018‒2028 Quebec Infrastructure Plan announced in the Quebec Economic Plan of March 2018. The deal is the 10th new long-term infrastructure agreement the federal government has signed with provincial and territorial partners.

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