Canada investing in long-term sustainability of road link in northern Quebec
February 26, 2020 By Infrastructure Canada
Chisasibi, Que. – Canada is investing in a joint investment to replace 31 culverts on Chisasibi Road in northern Quebec.
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, and Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister Responsible for the Côte-Nord Region, made the announcement.
The road is the only access road to the Cree Nation of Chisasibi, which has a population of approximately 6,000 residents. Several culverts have reached the end of their useful life and need to be replaced to ensure the sustainability of the road link and reduce the risk of interruptions in the transportation of food to this community.
“I am very pleased to recognize our contribution to this project, which will help maintain access to this important region of northern Quebec and improve food security in the Cree Nation of Chisasibi. We have big plans to develop our regions because they are the driving force behind our country’s success. That is why we are ensuring that they receive their fair share of infrastructure funding to improve the quality of life of all Canadians,” said Monsef.
The total cost of the project is more than $6.2 million. The Government of Canada is investing nearly $2.9 million in this project under the Rural and Northern Communities stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. The Government of Quebec is contributing nearly $3.4 million under the Plan québécois des infrastructures 2019-2029.
“I am especially proud of our contribution to this road infrastructure project because facilitating access to the territory north of the 49th parallel is essential for our government. As well, we are happy to contribute to the very important improvement of the safety and comfort of this road for its users. We firmly believe that the Nord-du-Québec region will continue its development thanks to investments in strategic projects like this one,” said Julien.
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