Quebec looks to revive economy weakened by coronavirus crisis by fast tracking infrastructure projects

Quebec is looking to ramp up 202 infrastructure projects across the province in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic’s toll on the economy.

Bill 61, known as an “Act to restart Quebec’s economy and to mitigate the consequences of the public health emergency” due to the COVID-19 crisis, was unveiled by the government on Wednesday.

As part of the plan, the government wants to accelerate the construction of schools, seniors’ homes, roads and public transit systems. In the health sector, about 90 infrastructure projects would be ramped up while 39 would be fast tracked in the education sector.

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Treasury Board President Christian Dubé said the province wants to help people and sectors recover during the health crisis as lockdown measures implemented in March are slowly eased. The proposed legislation will revive the economy, he added.

“We know we were all weathering an unusual storm,” he said.

Finance Minister Eric Girard also announced that he will provide an update on the province’s finances on June 19.

Quebec saw 291 new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on Wednesday. It leads the country with 51,884 infections.

The death toll stands at 4,794 after 81 more fatalities were reported from the previous day.

As of Wednesday, the number of hospitalizations decreased by 34 for a total of 1,141. There are 158 people in intensive care.

With files from the Canadian Press

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