Government of Canada supports clean water in Mississippi Mills and Almonte



    MISSISSIPPI MILLS, ON, Feb. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Gordon
O'Connor, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced
the Government of Canada will consider the upgrade of the communal sewage
system in Mississippi Mills and Almonte as a priority for up to $7.13 million
in federal infrastructure funding.
    The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible
costs. The total estimated cost of the project is $21.4 million.
    "Maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment is directly related to
the health and prosperity of communities and their residents, and is a
priority for the Government of Canada," said Minister O'Connor. "Supporting
upgrades to the communal sewage system is one of the ways we will deliver
results in this priority area."
    "We are pleased that the federal government has recognized the importance
of this project to Mississippi Mills and we thank them for their support,"
said J. A. (Al) Lunney, Mayor of Mississippi Mills. "As a small rural
municipality, we simply cannot afford the costs of major infrastructure
investments of this magnitude without funding partnerships between all levels
of government. We especially want to recognize the leadership of our member
Gordon O'Connor who helped to bring this funding to fruition."
    The project consists of construction of a new mechanical sewage treatment
plant and renewal of the existing raw sewage pumping station. These upgrades
will improve the quality of the wastewater and the overall capabilities of the
facility.
    Funding for this project comes from the $200 million announced in
February 2007, to top up the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF)
nation-wide. The Government of Canada is directing $64 million in funding to
existing clean water applications under MRIF in Ontario.
    Federal financial support for the project is conditional on the
initiative meeting all applicable eligibility requirements and other program
criteria to be approved by Treasury Board, a federal review of the project,
the successful completion of an environmental assessment, assurance by the
municipality that the remaining project costs have been fully financed and
accounted for, and the signing of a contribution agreement for the project
detailing the project elements and any other federal requirements.

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For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148


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