Canada and Prince Edward Island support improvements to Stratford and Charlottetown wastewater services

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island 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.

The Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island, and Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today announced $14,381,250 in combined 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.

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 Charlottetown, the East Royalty Lagoon will be replaced with a lift station and 3-kilometre 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.

These investments will help safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect provincial waterways and preserve local ecosystems.

Quotes

"In order for communities to thrive, they must have the necessary strategic infrastructure in place to support them. Today's 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."

Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Prince Edward Island

"The Government of Canada is committed to engaging with our regional partners to make sure they have the support they need to build strong communities and create well-paying jobs for the middle class. Investments in green infrastructure are critical to preserving public health and supporting Canada's ongoing transition to a clean, sustainable economy. I'm glad to see these important projects moving forward, which will contribute to the wellbeing of all Islanders for years to come."

Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"We are very pleased to be part of this announcement. Inter-municipal cooperation benefits the whole province by avoiding duplicating resources and sharing costs. This partnership with Stratford further solidifies our good working relationship and we look forward to future projects."

Clifford Lee, Mayor of Charlottetown

"We are pleased to arrive at a long-term Waste Water Treatment solution for Stratford. We have been actively working on a cost-effective solution for our waste water treatment needs, and we are optimistic that this solution will meet the needs of our growing community now and in the future."

David Dunphy, Mayor of Stratford

Quick facts

  • This funding comes from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, part of the Government of Canada's historic plan to support public infrastructure across the country.
  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
  • Budget 2017 proposes $21.9 billion for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Associated links

Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375

See how many Clean Water and Wastewater Fund projects have been approved in Prince Edward Island and across the country: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/pt-sp/index-eng.html

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cwwf/cwwf-program-programme-eng.html.

Federal infrastructure investments in Prince Edward Island: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html.

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SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, Brook.Simpson@canada.ca; Ron Ryder, Senior Communications Officer, Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, 902-368-5112, rrryder@gov.pe.ca; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, infc.media-medias.infc@canada.ca

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