Government of Canada supports water distribution system upgrades in North Bay



    NORTH BAY, ON, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister
responsible for infrastructure programming in Ontario, today announced the
Government of Canada will consider the upgrading of the North Bay water
distribution system as a priority for up to $1,766,666 in federal
infrastructure funding.
    The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible
costs, which are estimated at $5,300,000.
    "Maintaining a healthy and clean environment is directly related to the
health and prosperity of communities and their residents, and is a priority
for our Government," said Minister Clement. "Supporting the upgrading of this
water distribution system is one of the ways we will deliver results for the
residents of North Bay."
    "We appreciate the federal government's support for this significant
community project," said Victor Fedeli, Mayor of the City of North Bay. "The
new facility will help to provide a stable water supply, resulting in direct
benefits to residents."
    This project involves watermain upgrades (including all modifications
required to connect the new facilities to the existing grid), construction of
a new pumping station and standpipe, conversion of the current pumping station
to a valve chamber and repairs to the existing storage facility for interim
use. The project will help to provide a stable water supply, equalize system
pressure, and supply fire protection.
    Funding for this project comes from the $200 million, announced in 
March 2007, to top up the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF)
nationwide. The Government of Canada is directing $64 million in funding to
existing clean water applications under the MRIF in Ontario.
    Federal financial support for the project is conditional on the
initiative meeting all applicable eligibility requirements and other program
criteria, 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.

    For more information, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca





For further information:

For further information: Laryssa Waler, Press Secretary, Office of the
Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 957-0200


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