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Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Jul 27 (Canadian-Media) : The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing to improve transportation infrastructure throughout the province to improve safe flow of travellers and goods economic productivity and a high quality of life for all Quebecers, media reports said.
Long freight train crossing the Stoney Creek viaduct on the Canadian Pacific Railway in southern British Columbia
Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, and Véronyque Tremblay, Minister for Transport today pledged their commitment to investing $468 million in Highway 389 improvements between Baie-Comeau and Fermont.
Canada is contributing over $183 million to the project under the New Building Canada Fund, Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—National and Regional Projects.
Quebec is contributing $285 million, with $190 million coming from the Société du Plan Nord, and $95 million from the Quebec Department of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification.
The success of Plan Nord depends on the Highway 389 Improvement Program, which will facilitate access to the region north of the 49th parallel, improve residents’ quality of life and create the conditions required for companies to invest in mining development projects in the Labrador Trough. This improved land link with Newfoundland and Labrador is vital to creating an economic corridor in northeastern Canada.
“We are proud to announce funding for Highway 389, a key transportation corridor in Northern Quebec. This rehabilitation work will greatly improve safety and access to remote municipalities on the North Coast. Our government is committed to making historic investments in infrastructure to ensure our roads are modern, safe and efficient. These investments are promoting economic growth and helping create well-paid middle-class jobs.”
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Highway 389 is essential to the development of the Côte-Nord. The work planned as part of the Highway 389 Improvement Program will not only improve user safety, but also driving conditions. The improvement program is also perfectly aligned with the Quebec Premier’s mandate under the cooperation agreement between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador to create an economic corridor between the two provinces. Improving transportation infrastructure in each province will stimulate both our economies.”
Véronyque Tremblay, Quebec Minister for Transport
“This confirmation of funding for the Highway 389 Improvement Project is one more step towards the project's realization. Through its investments, the SPN is contributing significantly to the rehabilitation of this strategic link, promoting access to Northern Quebec and ensuring the sustainability of the road network and encouraging the development of the Côte-Nord’s economic potential. This initiative is also part of our desire to maintain a strategic partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Pierre Moreau, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for Plan Nord and Minister Responsible for the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region
“In all of my trips to the North Coast, the challenge of access has been raised. This is a key element of its economic development and a priority for the region. In our recent infrastructure plan for Quebec, $232 million has been set aside for extending Highway 389. So today, we have more good news to add to this funding announcement for Highway 389. Our government is committed to opening up the North Coast and we are taking action to do so.”
Pierre Arcand, Minister Responsible for Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review, Chair of the Treasury Board, and Minister Responsible for the Côte-Nord Region