Green infrastructure: the UMQ deprived of an envelope of $ 350 million from Ottawa

Green infrastructures: UMQ deprived of an envelope of $350 million of’ Ottawa

BETTING DAY

Quebec municipalities will have to do without an envelope of $350 million for public transit and green infrastructure due to a new direction from Ottawa, which the Union of Municipalities of Quebec deplores. Quebec (UMQ). 

The federal government would then not have respected the terms of the Canada-Quebec Bilateral Agreement for the infrastructure program, when it was committed to adding to the amounts already planned, according to the UMQ.

Instead, Ottawa had indicated last May that this sum of $350 million would be allocated to the consolidated fund and not given to the Quebec government as expected.

“In a context of climate emergency, I do not understand the orientation of the federal government not to transfer this sum as stipulated in the agreement”, declared Thursday by press release the president of the UMQ and Mayor of Gaspé, Daniel Côté.

“The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program allows between a It also requires municipalities to expand and improve public transit infrastructure, increase the energy efficiency of buildings, and improve capacity to treat or manage wastewater. On behalf of all Quebec municipalities, I ask the federal government to reconsider its position,” he added.

The deadline for submitting new projects in this program has also been brought forward by two years, as of March 31, 2023.

“This change, which would also be contrary to the Integrated Bilateral Agreement, would mean that the Quebec government would now have less than a year to submit approximately $4 billion $ of projects”, underlined the UMQ.