CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, May 31, 2017 — The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, water and wastewater services and transportation that supports trade to Canada’s rural and northern communities. Several projects were announced last week, including improvements, upgrades and expansion to existing wastewater infrastructure.
Funding for the installation of a wastewater delivery pipeline from Stratford to Charlottetown, the removal of the East Royalty lagoon, and the connection of East Royalty’s system to the Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant received $14,381,250 in combined funding. The Stratford project will consolidate the town’s wastewater treatment with Charlottetown’s and create one central wastewater treatment plant on the Hillsborough River. The Government of Canada is contributing $5,462,500 to this project and the Government of Prince Edward Island is contributing $2,731,250. The Town of Stratford will cover the remaining project costs.
“In order for communities to thrive, they must have the necessary strategic infrastructure in place to support them,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Prince Edward Island. “[This] announcement reaffirms our government’s commitment to work with all partners to encourage economic growth while safeguarding our environment. These investments will open up further development opportunities along the capital region waterfront and provide residents with safe, reliable infrastructure.”
In Charlottetown, the East Royalty Lagoon will be replaced with a lift station and 3-kilometer sewer system that directs flows to the Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant. The Government of Canada is contributing $1,925,000 to this project and the Government of Prince Edward Island is contributing $962,500. The City of Charlottetown will cover the remaining project costs. For the final project to connect East Royalty’s sewer system to the Charlottetown Pollution Control Plant, the Government of Canada is contributing $2,200,000 and the Government of Prince Edward Island is contributing $1,100,000. The City of Charlottetown will cover the remaining project costs.
A $6.4-million expansion for the Town of Balgonie’s wastewater system was also announced. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan will each contribute up to $1.5 million toward the project through the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component — National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP). The Town of Balgonie will fund the remainder. The project includes expanding the existing sewage lagoon and irrigation system, along with related works, that will improve the overall wastewater system and benefit the environment. Once completed, the project will support economic and population growth in the community, providing services for 6,000 potential residents. Construction is expected to begin as early as this summer.
Additionally, a new project in Peterborough has been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Waste Water Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50% of funding for this project — over $2.6 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 % of funding for this project — just over $1.3 million of total eligible costs, and the City of Peterborough will provide the balance of funding.
“Building and maintaining high-quality water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure is an essential part of building liveable communities,” said Jeff Leal, Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs and member of provincial parliament for Peterborough. “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 Peterborough and the surrounding area for years to come.”
Thanks to this investment, residents of Peterborough will benefit from modifications and improvements to the Peterborough Waste Water Treatment Plant. Aging mechanical structures in the older primary and secondary clarifiers will be replaced along with other components crucial to improving sludge management and hydro consumption. This project is essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable. In addition to this project, $24.7 million in federal funding for 128 water and wastewater projects will benefit 47 other communities across Ontario.
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