Government of Canada supports wastewater treatment in Rainy River

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Member of Parliament Joe Comuzzi, on
behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister responsible for infrastructure
programming in Ontario, today announced the Government of Canada will consider
the upgrades to the sewer system in the Town of Rainy River as a priority for
up to $137,625 in federal infrastructure funding.
    The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible
costs, which are estimated at $412,875.
    "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 MP Comuzzi. "We are delivering on our commitment to
help build strong, sustainable communities which offer a high quality of life
for residents."
    "We appreciate the federal government's commitment to improve our sewer
system," said Debbie Ewald, Mayor of the Town of Rainy River. "This project
will have a positive impact on our Town, since residents will greatly benefit
from a cleaner environment."
    The project includes the replacement of 530 metres of sanitary sewer line
on Atwood Avenue. The upgrades will improve the Town's wastewater management
    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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