Twenty communities benefit from grants under the Ontario Potable Water Program



    CORNWALL, ON, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for 
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement,
Minister of Industry, is pleased to announce that 20 communities will benefit
from grants under the Ontario Potable Water Program (OPWP).
    The OPWP provides 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.
    "Our government is committed to supporting our communities," said MP
Lauzon. "These OPWP grants will allow municipalities to direct resources to
priority areas within their communities."
    A complete list of the 20 approved OPWP grants is available in the
attached backgrounder.
    Municipalities may be considered for financial support under the Ontario
Potable Water 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 Regional and Rural
Development in the By Subject section under Programs and Services on
www.ic.gc.ca.



    
                                 Backgrounder

             ONTARIO POTABLE WATER PROGRAM (OPWP) APPROVED GRANTS
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            OPWP Grant
         Municipality                                           Amount
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Asphodel-Norwood, Township of                          $4,284
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Carling , Township of                                  $2,094
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Champlain, Township of                                $12,807
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Cornwall, City of                                  $1,167,606
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Emo, Township of                                      $17,124
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Fauquier - Strickland, Township of                     $2,418
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Hamilton, Township of                                $318,960
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Highlands East, Municipality of                      $347,990
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Innisfil, Town of                                    $239,319
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Latchford, Town of                                    $35,298
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Marmora and Lake, Municipality of                     $56,334
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Mulmur, Township of                                  $229,512
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         North Glengarry, Township of                          $65,758
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Northeastern Manitoulin and The Islands, Town of      $24,836
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Orillia, City of                                     $126,425
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Ramara, Township of                                  $218,102
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Springwater, Township of                              $49,647
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         Tiny, Township of                                    $624,830
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         West Elgin, Municipality of                           $71,262
        ---------------------------------------------------------------
         West Perth, Municipality of                          $124,547
        ---------------------------------------------------------------

    Total Number: 20
    Total Financial Support: $3,739,153

    For more information on the OPWP, please send an email to
    OPWP-PEPO@ic.gc.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Pema Lhalungpa, Press Secretary, Office of the
Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, (613) 995-9001; Media
Relations, Industry Canada, (613) 943-2502

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