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Better water and wastewater treatment for Thunder Bay—Rainy River residents
Twelve new projects approved in 11 communities across Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario, April 30, 2018— The governments of Canada and Ontario are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These investments will result in cleaner and safer water for people to drink, protect provincial waterways and preserve local ecosystems.
Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Bill Mauro, Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay–Atikokan, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship Keith Hobbs, Mayor of Thunder Bay, announced on April 27, 2018 that new projects in Fort Frances, La Vallee and Lac La Croix First Nation have been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF).
Fort Frances will receive $148, 424 federal dollars to help fund the reconstruction of Nelson Street from Mosher Avenue to 90m West. La Vallee will receive $21, 606 to improve ditching and stormwater management infrastructure, and $18, 854 to improve erosion-prevention infrastructure. Finally, Lac La Croix First Nation will receive $59, 839 for sewage lagoon reinforcement.
In addition to these three projects, $726, 000 in federal funding for other water and wastewater projects will benefit 8 other communities across Ontario. The provincial government will provide $487, 000 in funding for these 12 projects across Ontario.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the CWWF.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in green infrastructure create safe, vibrant and sustainable communities. Projects like the one announced today in Thunder Bay are critical to helping protect residents and businesses against flooding. It’s thanks to this type of investment that we will build the Canada of the 21st century and ensure a high quality of life for generations to come.”
Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Building and maintaining high-quality water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure is an essential part of building livable communities. This announcement demonstrates the Province’s commitment to partnering with municipalities in order to deliver the public infrastructure Ontarians need. I am pleased that these projects will contribute to enhanced quality of life in Thunder Bay.”
Bill Mauro, Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay–Atikokan, on behalf of the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure
“The City of Thunder Bay is pleased to receive this funding from the Federal and Provincial Governments. Thanks to this investment, our residents will benefit from infrastructure improvements that are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our community healthy. We appreciate the commitment to enhance local infrastructure that citizens rely and depend upon every day.”
Keith Hobbs, Mayor of Thunder Bay
· For the 12 projects announced today, the federal government is providing $974,924. The provincial government is providing $487,462, and the recipients will cover any remaining costs.
· Under the Investing in Canada 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 will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
· Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history – $230 billion over 14 years. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.