Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield celebrates Government of Canada Ontario Potable Water Program grant



    BRIDGENORTH, ON, June 13 /CNW/ - Dean Del Mastro, Member of Parliament
for Peterborough, celebrated the $331,891 Ontario Potable Water Program (OPWP)
grant awarded to the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield.
    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.
    "Through this program, the Government of Canada is fostering a growing
economy and a cleaner environment for the people of
Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield," said MP Del Mastro.
    "This grant helps us to address our local economic needs," said Ron
Millen, Reeve of the Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield. "We are pleased
that the Government of Canada announced this additional financing."
    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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