NANAIMO, BC, Aug. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and British Columbia are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable wastewater services that safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect provincial waterways and preserve local ecosystems.
Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan; and Bill Veenhof, Chair of the Regional District of Nanaimo, were in Nanaimo to visit the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre project site and learn about the features of the facility.
As part of an overall upgrade to the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre, funding through the Clean Water Wastewater Fund will support improvements to critical wastewater systems. The updated system will increase the Centre's capacity to separate waste products through an advanced centrifuge system.
Once completed, residents will benefit through enhanced wastewater treatment and a cleaner environment.
"I am pleased to see work progressing in the Regional District of Nanaimo. Modern, efficient wastewater infrastructure is essential to the well-being of Canadian families and the sustainable development of our communities. The Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre project will improve the reliability of the region's wastewater systems, while protecting the local environment so families can safely enjoy local waterways."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund provides critical funding for local governments to invest in infrastructure that supports the rehabilitation of water, wastewater and stormwater systems. The Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre project is a great example of how federal and provincial governments are working together with local governments to meet community needs".
The Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
"This secondary treatment upgrade is the RDN's largest capital project. It represents significant environmental and economic benefits by protecting the surrounding environment while allowing for future population growth and we are proud to have this project underway and on track to be completed in 2019."
Bill Veenhof, Chair of the Regional District of Nanaimo
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $21.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- For this project, the Government of Canada is contributing up to $654,500 through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Government of British Columbia is contributing up to $431,970. The Regional District of Nanaimo is responsible for any remaining costs.
- In 2016, the Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre also received $6 million in funding through the federal Gas Tax Fund (Strategic Priorities Fund) towards the marine outfall replacement.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017
Federal infrastructure investments in British Columbia
Clean Water and Wastewater Fund
Greater Nanaimo Pollution Control Centre
Web: Infrastructure Canada
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
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