Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador invest in recreation, green, rural and public transit infrastructure

News release

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, February 28, 2022—Public infrastructure helps communities stay strong and healthy. Investments in modern and efficient community infrastructure create jobs, grow the economy, and help reduce Canada’s emissions.

Today, the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced more than $23.8 million in funding to support 23 recreation, green, rural and public transit infrastructure projects across Newfoundland and Labrador.

Among the projects funded, enhancements to the Great Trail in Corner Brook will promote active transportation along the City’s waterfront, and the Shoal Harbour Causeway Bridge in Clarenville will be replaced to make it safer for motorists and pedestrians. In addition, the Inuit Community Government of Hopedale will extend its water and sewer mains to an unserved commercial area of the community, improving access to clean potable water and wastewater collection.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $9 million towards these projects. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing over $9.6 million, while the municipalities and other recipients are contributing more than $5.1 million in total.

Quotes

“Our government is driving impactful and lasting changes in rural communities by jointly supporting over 23 infrastructure projects with the province and municipalities across Newfoundland and Labrador. From addressing gaps in the Great Trail along the waterfront in Corner Brook, to installing watermains to underserved homes in Trout River – critical investments like these will provide our local communities with long-term economic growth and make a positive difference for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

The Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities 

“Municipal leaders have the insight into how best to improve their communities, and we support their efforts to responsibly benefit the people living in their areas. All of these projects that we are funding today are necessary to help communities achieve that goal. We look forward to working with our federal and municipal partners on more projects in the future.”

The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“During my time as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, I’ve been fortunate to participate in many joint funding announcements that are resulting in better services in municipalities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. By working together with multiple levels of government, we will strive to replace, repair, and upgrade their current infrastructure to better service their residents.”

The Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

Quick facts

  • Under 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.

  • The Government of Canada has invested more than $920 million in 1200 infrastructure projects across Newfoundland and Labrador under the Investing in Canada Plan.

  • Infrastructure Canada helps address complex challenges that Canadians face every day—ranging from the rapid growth of our cities, to climate change, and environmental threats to our water and land.

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Jean-Sébastien Comeau
Press Secretary and Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
343-574-8116
jean-sebastien.comeau@iga-aig.gc.ca

Kathryn Summers
Media Relations Manager
Transportation and Infrastructure
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
709-729-1758
kathrynsummers@gov.nl.ca

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