Minister Morneau Promotes Cooperation Between Federal Government and Municipalities

May 12, 2016 – Québec, Quebec – Department of Finance Canada

Finance Minister Bill Morneau was in Québec today, where he spoke at the Union des municipalités du Québec’s (UMQ) Annual Conference and took part in a panel discussion.

Speaking to mayors and community leaders, Minister Morneau underlined the importance of the federal government, provinces and municipalities working together, citing public infrastructure as a primary example for a collaborative approach. The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, of which the Province of Quebec will receive $924 million, will help ease traffic congestion so that people can get to and from work faster and spend more time with their loved ones.

The Government will also be investing in green infrastructure, which includes $75 million in new funding to address climate change, to be delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and another $125 million over two years to enhance the FCM’s Green Municipal Fund.

Minister Morneau also highlighted investments in affordable housing. In collaboration with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Government will establish an Affordable Rental Housing Innovation Fund, which will test new ways to encourage more construction of affordable rental housing. The Government is also looking forward to consulting on a new National Housing Strategy.

Minister Morneau highlighted that Budget 2016 reaffirms the Government’s commitment to growing the middle class through measures such as the introduction of the Canada Child Benefit, which will put more money in the pockets of parents who need it most to help with everything from paying for soccer camp, to buying healthier food and purchasing new summer clothes.

Quotes

“By working together, the federal government, provinces and municipalities can ensure Canada’s collective economic success, and provide a better quality of life for the middle class and those working hard to join it. The Government’s investments in people, along with historic investments in transit, housing and green infrastructure, will bring Canadians good jobs, a cleaner environment and thriving communities.”

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

“On behalf of the UMQ, I would like to thank Minister Bill Morneau for coming to talk with elected municipal officials from Quebec about the courses of action needed to ensure adequate funding for municipal infrastructure throughout the province. For municipalities, investing in their infrastructure helps not only to stimulate economic development and employment in all regions, but also to ensure an environment that fosters wealth creation and a better quality of life in communities. We look forward to strengthening the federal-municipal dialogue on this issue in the coming months.”

- Alexandre Cusson, 1st Vice-President of the UMQ and Mayor of Drummondville

Media Contacts

Daniel Lauzon
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Finance
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Jack Aubry
Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada
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