Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador invest in building safer communities on the Great Northern Peninsula

News release

Newfoundland and Labrador, June 30, 2020—The health and well-being of Canadians are the top priorities of the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador. But the COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than Canadians’ personal health. It is having a profound effect on the economy.

That is why governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done.

Strategic investments in building safer communities across the province, including the Great Northern Peninsula, are important to ensure residents thrive.

Today, Gudie Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, and Member of the House of Assembly for St. Barbe–L’Anse aux Meadows, on behalf of the Honourable Derrick Bragg, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, announced funding to improve the safety of local roads and water systems in seven municipalities of the Great Northern Peninsula.

The roadwork projects will improve safety of drivers and pedestrians by upgrading local roadways, building sidewalks, paving streets, and installing culverts and ditches. The water projects involve building a water dispensing unit and upgrading a pump house to provide residents with reliable and safe drinking water.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.18 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) and the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan as well as the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF). The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing $971,980, while the municipalities are contributing over $727,000.

Quotes

“Investing in improved road networks and reliable drinking water is essential to building healthy and safe communities. Upgrading roadways not only provides a more secure means of travel but also helps to prevent flooding, which in turn protects infrastructure. Improving access to clean drinking water benefits residents’ health and also supports sustainability. In addition, these projects will provide employment as we recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.”

Gudie Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Our government is collaborating with federal and municipal partners on these projects to enhance communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. We are pleased to contribute more than $944,000 for upgrades in the towns of Conche, Port aux Choix, Port Saunders, Raleigh, St. Anthony, St. Lunaire-Griquet and Forrester’s Point that will improve communities and the quality of life for residents.”

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, and Member of the House of Assembly for St. Barbe–L’Anse aux Meadows

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 in Canadian communities.

  • $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation infrastructure throughout Canada.

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