BALGONIE, SK, May 23, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are committed to investing in local infrastructure that provides Canadians and their families with access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect provincial waterways and preserve local ecosystems.
Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Don McMorris, Indian Head-Milestone MLA, on behalf of the Honourable Donna Harpauer, Minister of Government Relations; announced funding for an estimated $6.4-million expansion for the Town of Balgonie's wastewater system to better serve the community and position it for growth.
The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan will each contribute up to $1.5 million toward the project through the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP). The Town of Balgonie will fund the remainder.
The project includes expanding the existing sewage lagoon and irrigation system, along with related works, that will improve the overall wastewater system and benefit the environment. Once completed, the project will support economic and population growth in the community, providing services for 6,000 potential residents. Construction is expected to begin as early as this summer.
"The investments in infrastructure we are making will benefit Canadians for years to come: creating economic growth and middle-class jobs now, while laying the foundation for durable growth in the future. This project will protect the local environment in Balgonie and support the community's growth for decades to come."
The Honourable Ralph Goodale,
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness,
On behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to investing in key infrastructure that will position communities for growth and improve our citizens' quality of life by improving local wastewater systems, keeping our great province strong."
Indian Head-Milestone MLA,
On behalf of the Honourable Donna Harpauer, Minister of Government Relations
"The Town of Balgonie certainly appreciates the funding from the federal and provincial governments toward this important project, which is needed so our thriving community can continue growing, as our existing wastewater system is near capacity."
Mayor of Balgonie
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- Budget 2017 proposes $21.9 billion for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
Federal infrastructure investments in Saskatchewan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/sk-eng.html
Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP): http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
Government of Saskatchewan: www.saskatchewan.ca
The Town of Balgonie: www.townofbalgonie.ca
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Dan Palmer, Ministry of Government Relations, Government of Saskatchewan, 306-787-7151, [email protected]; Town of Balgonie, 306-771-2284, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, [email protected]