Government of Canada supports clean water in Kapuskasing

    KAPUSKASING, ON, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Guy Lauzon, Parliamentary Secretary for
the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today
announced the Government of Canada will consider improvements to the water
distribution system in the Town of Kapuskasing as a priority for up to
$1,867,924 in federal infrastructure funding.
    The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible
costs, which are estimated at $5,603,773.
    "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 Mr. Lauzon. "Supporting improvements to this water
distribution system is one of the ways we will deliver results for the
residents of Kapuskasing."
    "With this federal commitment, we will be able to make these necessary
upgrades," said Alan Spacek, Mayor of the Town of Kapuskasing. "An efficient
water system is critical for the health and well-being of our residents."
    The project involves the replacement of the elevated storage tank, as
well as a new water transmission main to connect to the existing distribution
system. The upgrades will increase the storage capacity of treated water in
the system, improving the safety and reliability of the community's water
    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.

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For further information:

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

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