Investments in community infrastructure to improve public services and protect waters in and around the Avalon Peninsula

News release

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, July 7, 2022— Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for St. John's South—Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador; the Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure; and His Worship Danny Breen, Mayor of the City of St. John’s, announced more than $27 million in funding for three projects to improve public services and protect waters in St. John’s, Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove, and other surrounding communities.

In St. John’s, new wastewater infrastructure will improve municipal services in the Goulds area and help protect Shoal Bay and the harbour. In addition, residents of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove will have access to more reliable water infrastructure through ditching and erosion control measures along the Motion Bay Road extension. 

Investing in water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure is critical for the growth and health of our cities and environment. These projects will protect our waterways and help our communities continue to provide safe and reliable services for families, businesses and visitors alike.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $9.8 million. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing more than $7.4 million towards these projects, while the municipalities are providing a total of over $9.8 million.

Quotes

“Keeping on top of our Province’s infrastructure is providing quality services to residents. So is protecting the environment. Investments like ones announced today impact critical water, wastewater and road infrastructure in two communities in St. John’s South-Mount Pearl and are made possible through partnerships with those communities and the Provincial Government.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for St. John's South—Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

“Our government continues to make significant investments in infrastructure in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Partnering with our federal and municipal colleagues allows municipalities to improve the way these important services are provided. We look forward to partnering on more projects in the future.”

The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“We all know how important investments in infrastructure are to municipalities. From improving roads to replacing sewer pipes, an investment in infrastructure is an investment in communities and for the people who live there. These projects will help improve services in these communities and provide employment for workers who live there.”

The Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

“On behalf of St. John’s City Council, I thank our federal and provincial government partners for their financial support to upgrade our wastewater services with the construction of a new sanitary trunk sewer from Kilbride to Goulds. Modern wastewater infrastructure is vital for the health and safety of our community and for the protection of the environment. I am looking forward to the completion of this project in 2023.”

His Worship Danny Breen, Mayor of the City of St. John’s

“The Town of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove is pleased to be partnering with the Provincial and Federal Governments to protect our watermain for our residents.  Safe and clean drinking water is a priority at all levels of government.  This collaboration will complete the Watermain Protection Project on Motion Bay Road Extension for the residents of the Town of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove.”

His Worship Ron Doyle, Mayor of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada’s funding comes from the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

  • 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.

  • Over the past 6 years, Infrastructure Canada has invested more than $124 million towards 289 Green Infrastructure Stream projects across Newfoundland and Labrador under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

  • During that period, Infrastructure Canada has invested over $46 billion in communities across Canada to support world-class, modern public infrastructure, including more than $4.5 billion for infrastructure projects related to drinking water and wastewater.

  • 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.

  • The funding announced today builds on the Government of Canada’s work through the Atlantic Growth Strategy to create well-paying middle-class jobs, strengthen local economies, and build inclusive communities.

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Contacts

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
Manager of Media Relations
Transportation and Infrastructure
709-729-1758
KathrynSummers@gov.nl.ca

Kelly Maguire
Media Relations
City of St. John’s
709-576-8491
kmaguire@stjohns.ca

Joshua Jamieson
Marketing and Communications Officer
City of Mount Pearl
709-748-1009
jjamieson@mountpearl.ca

Stephanie Stack
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Petty Harbour/Maddox Cove
709-368-4843
sstack@phmc.nf.net

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