Canada and Prince Edward Island invest in green and community infrastructure across the province
Brackley, Prince Edward Island, August 13, 2021—The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island continue to invest in local infrastructure during this unprecedented time to meet the needs of communities across the province, enhance quality of life, and support economic recovery from COVID-19.
Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont; the Honourable Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, and the Honourable James Aylward, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced funding for nine green and community infrastructure projects across the province.
For example, in Brackley, Kensington, and Lower Montague, the rehabilitation of approximately 25 kilometres of three active transportation corridors will provide residents with alternative, safe and healthy options for getting around, and will help keep the communities green and well connected.
In Charlottetown, 500 metres of local water mains and 450 metres of sewer force mains will be upgraded to benefit locals by improving the potable water quality and enhancing environmental protection.
The remaining projects include accessibility upgrades to community centres that provide essential services for seniors and adults living with disabilities, the replacement of structures along the Confederation Trail, as well as the rehabilitation of aging water, sewer, electric, and energy assets. These projects will ensure that residents enjoy more inclusive and accessible spaces while receiving the health benefits that reliable and safe green infrastructure provides.
The Government of Canada is investing over $6.4 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure stream and the Community, Culture and Recreation stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Prince Edward Island is contributing over $6.1 million with the remaining funding provided by municipalities and non-profit organizations.
“This past year-and-a-half, we’ve seen just how important it is to have public spaces where we all can stay active. These projects will help make sure folks in our communities have more options to exercise and get around, and I know they’ll help make eastern Prince Edward Island an even better place to live and work.”
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“As Member of Parliament, I have always believed in the value of infrastructure that truly supports workers, businesses and communities.”
Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont
“Pleased that these projects are going ahead as they will strengthen growth in our economy.”
The Honourable Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque
“Investments in green and community infrastructure means investing in the well-being of Islanders. The projects announced today promote sustainability, improvedaccess to active transportation, and building safer, healthier communities. These recreational investmentsare an important step forward as we work to create an active transportation network throughout the province.”
The Honourable James Aylward, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
Through the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government 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.
In Prince Edward Island, the federal government has invested more than $432 million in 180 infrastructure projects since 2015 under the Investing in Canada Plan.
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