Government of Canada announces $2 million grant for Port Hope under the Ontario Potable Water Program



    PORT HOPE, ON, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for
Northumberland-Quinte West, is pleased to announce a grant of $2,139,519 for
the Municipality of Port Hope under the Ontario Potable Water Program (OPWP).
    More than $5 million in financial support has been approved to date under
this Government of Canada program, announced in February 2008. The OPWP
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 recognizes that Canada's future depends on the success of
its communities, both large and small, and we are committed to ensuring they
have the necessary resources to thrive and prosper," said MP Norlock.
    "This funding will allow the municipality to direct resources towards
other community priorities such as economic development and infrastructure,"
said Linda Thompson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope.
    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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