Penetanguishene celebrates Government of Canada grant



    PENETANGUISHENE, ON, July 18 /CNW/ - Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament
for Simcoe North, was in Penetanguishene today to celebrate the $58,987
Ontario Potable Water Program (OPWP) grant awarded to the Town.
    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.
    "The Government of Canada recognized the economic challenges that these
municipalities faced, and we are pleased to be part of the solution," said MP
Stanton. "These investments under the Ontario Potable Water Program are
concrete examples of our commitment to Canadian communities."
    "This additional financing from the federal government will benefit our
community," said Anita Dubeau, Mayor of the Town of Penetanguishene.
    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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