New partnership to clean up the LaHave River

News Release

Dayspring, Nova Scotia, June 29, 2017The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, along with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect provincial waterways and preserve local ecosystems.

Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, along with Mark Furey, Nova Scotia Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, today announced more than $15.7 million in joint federal-provincial-municipal funding to improve wastewater management along the LaHave River.

Work involves removing up to 600 straight pipes that are currently discharging sewage into the LaHave River and replacing them with septic systems. This important upgrade to the wastewater network will significantly improve water quality in the river, benefitting residents and visitors and contributing to a cleaner environment for today and the future.


“Today’s announcement demonstrates Canada’s commitment to maintaining clean waterways and a healthy environment. We have committed to engaging with our regional partners to make sure they have the support they need to build sustainable communities for the middle class. I am excited to see how this project will improve the quality of water in the LaHave River, so that Nova Scotians and their families can swim, fish and enjoy the river with confidence once again.”

Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Investing in infrastructure for clean water will lead our province toward a stronger and more sustainable future. The province is proud to collaborate with all levels of government to help restore the beautiful LaHave River to a healthy ecosystem.”

Mark Furey, Nova Scotia Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lunenberg West 

“Today’s investment guarantees future generations a cleaner, more sustainable LaHave River. Council made this project a priority, and we have been working on this project, in concert with local citizens such as Stella Bowles and groups such as Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation, for years. We are very excited that the federal and provincial governments will help bring this project to fruition. This partnership will achieve our goal of making the lower LaHave River straight pipe free by 2023.”

Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

  • The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are each contributing $5,247,060 to this project through the Small Communities Fund, under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. The municipality is also financing $5,247,060, bringing the total federal-provincial-municipal contribution to $15,741,180.

  • Budget 2017 proposes $21.9 billion for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

  • These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas: 

    - Skilled workforce/Immigration;
    - Innovation;
    - Clean growth and climate change;
    - Trade and investment;
    - Infrastructure.

Associated Links


Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Katelyn Feltmate
Communications Assistant
Department of Municipal Affairs
Office: 902-424-2733
Cell: 902-222-7330

Sarah Kucharski
Communications Officer
Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
Office: 902-541-1328

Infrastructure Canada
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada

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