Casselman receives Government of Canada Ontario Potable Water Program grant



    CASSELMAN, ON, June 9 /CNW/ - Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, celebrated with municipal officials the $70,738
grant that the Village of Casselman was provided 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.
    "Our Government is delivering on its commitment to foster a growing
economy, a cleaner environment and stronger, more prosperous communities in
Ontario and across the country," said MP Lemieux. "We have recognized the
economic challenges that some municipalities have faced in complying with
changes to Ontario drinking water regulations and our Government is pleased to
be part of the solution."
    "The Council and residents thank the government for helping to ease the
additional pressure that we felt as a result of the regulatory changes," said
Conrad Lamadeleine, Mayor of the Village of Casselman.
    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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