Government of Canada supports clean water in Orangeville

    ORANGEVILLE, ON, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - David Tilson, Member of Parliament for
Dufferin-Caledon, today announced the Government of Canada will consider the
upgrading of the water pollution control plant in the Town of Orangeville as a
priority for up to $2,379,433 in federal infrastructure funding.
    The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible
costs, which are estimated at $7,138,300.
    "The environment, and the safety and security of Canadians are clear
priorities for our Government," said MP Tilson. "Supporting the upgrading of
the water pollution control plant is one of the ways we will deliver results
for the residents of Orangeville."
    "This is welcomed support for our community, as we work to maintain our
local infrastructure," said Rob Adams, Mayor of the Town of Orangeville. "We
are very grateful to the federal government for committing to this project,
which is very important for the Town of Orangeville."
    This project involves reconstructing the headworks and raw sewage pumping
station, as well as rehabilitating and upgrading the tertiary filter complex.
The upgrades will improve the overall wastewater treatment process at the
water pollution control plant.
    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: Sandra Pinkney, Office of David Tilson, MP for
Dufferin-Caledon, (519) 941-1832; Laryssa Waler, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 957-0200

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