Investments in water and wastewater infrastructure to improve services and create healthier communities in Manitoba
Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, February 13, 2019—Investing in local water and wastewater systems is crucial to ensuring Canadians and their families have access to modern reliable services that meet their needs, safeguarding the health and well-being of residents, protecting provincial waterways and preserving local ecosystems.
Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, announced federal funding for five new water and wastewater projects in Manitoba.
The funding will support a variety of water and wastewater projects, like upgrading the wastewater lagoon in the Town of Neepawa, extending the water distribution network to serve more residents in Lac du Bonnet, and connecting more households to the regional wastewater collection system in West St. Paul.
These investments are part of the bilateral agreement between Canada and Manitoba, announced on July 25, 2016, and are in addition to approximately $88 million in federal funding announced through this fund for water and wastewater projects across Manitoba.
“Modern water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to safeguarding the well-being of Canadian families and building the Canada we want for tomorrow. These important water and wastewater projects will help protect the environment, keep communities in the Province healthy and livable, and create more well-paying jobs.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development
“Core infrastructure projects, such as those prioritized within the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, provide communities with clean water, better wastewater management and an opportunity to plan and design future projects. All of these important projects will result in a cleaner environment and benefit generations for years to come.”
The Honourable Jeff Wharton, Minister of Municipal Relations
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
$26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
For the five projects announced today, the Government of Canada is providing up to $5,776,250, representing 50 per cent of the eligible project costs. The remaining funds will be provided by the recipient communities.
Including these projects, there are 59 approved and announced projects in Manitoba under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, totalling approximately $204.6 million in eligible projects costs. Of these costs, the Government of Canada is providing $93.8 million, the Manitoba Government $56.1 million and municipalities $54.8 million.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Rural Economic Development
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