Government of Canada announces $3.5 million grant for Chatham-Kent under the Ontario Potable Water Program



    CHATHAM, ON, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for
Chatham-Kent-Essex, is pleased to announce a grant of $3,545,871 for the
Municipality of Chatham-Kent today under the Ontario Potable Water Program
(OPWP).
    Nearly $17 million in financial support has been approved to date under
this Government of Canada program, announced in February 2008. The program
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) drinking water projects to comply
with changes to Ontario drinking water regulations.
    "Our government is committed to building sustainable and healthy
communities in Ontario," said MP Van Kesteren. "This investment through the
Ontario Potable Water Program will help to create jobs and boost the local
economy in Chatham-Kent."
    "This funding will allow our municipality to direct resources towards
other community priorities such as economic development and infrastructure,"
said Randy Hope, Mayor of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
    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/opwp-pepo.




For further information:

For further information: Laryssa Waler, A/Press Secretary, Office of the
Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 995-9001; Media Relations, Industry Canada,
(613) 943-2502


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