Government of Canada supports clean water in St. Catharines

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Feb. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Rick Dykstra, Member of
Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the
Government of Canada will consider the replacement of watermains in St.
Catharines as a priority for up to $1.723 million in federal infrastructure
    The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible
costs. The total estimated cost of this project is $5.17 million.
    "Maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment is directly related to
the health and prosperity of communities and their residents, and is a
priority for the Government of Canada," said MP Dykstra. "Supporting the
replacement of watermains is one of the ways we will deliver results in this
priority area."
    "The City of St. Catharines understands the importance of upgrading this
aging infrastructure and we are pleased the Government of Canada has also
recognized this need," said Brian McMullan, Mayor of St. Catharines. "Today's
investment will improve the integrity and quality of our water delivery system
while also updating it."
    The project involves replacing existing watermains to coincide with
efforts to widen the Queen Elizabeth Way. Replacing this aging cast iron
infrastructure with modern alternatives will improve the water quality and
capabilities of the water supply system.
    Funding for this project comes from the $200 million announced in
February 2007, to top up the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF)
nation-wide. The Government of Canada is directing $64 million in funding to
existing clean water applications under MRIF in Ontario.

    Federal financial support for the project is conditional on the
initiative meeting all applicable eligibility requirements and other program
criteria to be approved by Treasury Board, 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: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148

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