Feds outline how they'll spend money to rebuild Lac-Mégantic

Work crews help decontaminate Lac-Mégantic's town centre, Nov. 21, 2013.
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Lac-Megantic residents have been given details on how some of the $60 million Ottawa has promised to help the devastated Quebec town will be spent.

A chunk of downtown Lac-Megantic was wiped out in July when a runaway train derailed, exploded and killed 47 people.

Denis Lebel, minister responsible for economic development for Quebec, told a news conference in the town today that $35 million of the $60 million will be used to help local business recover.

Of the $35 million, $20 million will go to reconstruction and $10 million will be spent on directly funding businesses and non-profit organizations.

The remaining $5 million will go to two investment funds to be administered by one or more local organizations.

Lebel also said about a dozen businesses struggling with debts will get payment and interest relief for six months.

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