Brighton and Cobourg celebrate Government of Canada grant



    BRIGHTON, ON, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for
Northumberland-Quinte West, celebrates today the $78,830 grant awarded to the
Municipality of Brighton, and the $101,974 grant awarded to the Town of
Cobourg, under the Ontario Potable Water Program (OPWP).
    The OPWP, announced in February 2008, provides up to $50 million in
financial support to promote local economic development in municipalities that
have experienced increased costs for their Canada-Ontario Infrastructure
Program (COIP) water projects to comply with changes to Ontario drinking water
regulations.
    "The Government of Canada believes that strong, safe, modern communities
like Brighton and Cobourg are essential building blocks for Canada's
competitiveness and long-term prosperity," said MP Norlock.
    "This additional financing from the federal government assists our
community in building our economic capacity," said Christine Herrington, Mayor
of the Municipality of Brighton.
    "We are pleased to receive this OPWP grant, which will help address
financial pressures and enable us to respond to local economic development
opportunities," said Peter Delanty, Mayor of the Town of Cobourg.
    Municipalities may be considered for financial support under the program
upon completion of their COIP drinking water projects. As projects are
completed, Industry Canada officials will contact these municipalities
directly to confirm their eligibility and interest in applying for the OPWP.
Once applications are assessed, municipalities will be informed and grants
will be announced. Financial support under the OPWP must be delivered to
municipalities by March 31, 2011.
    For more information on the OPWP, please visit www.ic.gc.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Laryssa Waler, Press Secretary, Office of the
Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 957-0200; Media Relations, Industry Canada,
(613) 943-2502


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