Saskatchewan residents to benefit from green and community infrastructure investments 

News release

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, September 4, 2019— The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan recognize that strategic investments in green and recreational infrastructure play a key role in supporting healthy, dynamic and sustainable communities.

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan; and His Worship Charlie Clark, Mayor of the City of Saskatoon, announced funding for the expansion of Saskatoon’s Gordie Howe Sports Complex, while 11 other infrastructure projects across the province were highlighted.

The expanded Gordie Howe Sports Complex will house a new multi-sport complex and outdoor artificial turf field, an outdoor baseball training and practice complex, nordic ski trails, as well as a new ticket booth facility and bleachers.

Ten projects will improve landfill management, and water and wastewater infrastructure. These important upgrades will ensure access to high quality drinking water and protect the environment by providing more efficient sustainable water treatment and waste management systems.

Another project will provide the Whitecap Dakota First Nation with better Internet connections so residents can access key online services, do business, learn and connect with family and friends.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $39 million in these 12 projects through its Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Saskatchewan is contributing more than $32 million. Recipients are responsible for any additional costs. 

Quotes

“The 12 projects that we are investing in will have far-reaching benefits across Saskatchewan. From ensuring residents have access to high quality drinking water and efficient sustainable wastewater treatment systems, to providing better Internet connections and new recreational opportunities, we are supporting economic growth and strengthening communities today and for generations ahead.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to be investing more than $32 million toward these important infrastructure projects to help them go from the drawing board to reality. Once completed, these projects will contribute to better communities, a better province, and a better quality of life for citizens.”

The Honourable Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan

“The partnerships that have led to the expansion of the Gordie Howe Sports Complex show the sort of collaborative approach and community leadership that help to define Saskatoon. This project is remarkable because it brings together so many different community groups—from sports such as football, hockey, baseball, speed skating, and soccer—to work together to create a valuable space and build community. I am thankful for the federal and provincial investments that will help to improve the quality of life for residents of the city, the region, and beyond.”

His Worship Charlie Clark, Mayor of the City of Saskatoon

Quick facts

  • 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.

  • $25.3 billion of this funding is supporting social infrastructure in Canadian communities.

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Ann-Clara Vaillancourt
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-697-3778
ann-clara.vaillancourt@canada.ca

Dan Palmer
Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations
Communications
306-787-7151
dan.palmer@gov.sk.ca

Michelle Beveridge
City of Saskatoon
306-975-3500
michelle.beveridge@saskatoon.ca 

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