LABRADOR CITY, NL, June 29, 2018 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable wastewater services that meet their needs.
Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Graham Letto, Member of the House of Assembly for Labrador West; and Fabian Benoit, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Labrador City, today announced more than $3.3 million in joint funding to upgrade the Drake Wastewater Treatment Plant in Labrador City.
The Government of Canada is contributing more than $1.1 million to this project through the Small Communities Fund. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing over $1.2 million, and the Town of Labrador City is providing more than $997,000.
Thanks to this support, families and businesses in the area will benefit from a modern and reliable wastewater system that will improve environmental outcomes. The system upgrade will safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems for years to come.
"By investing in wastewater infrastructure, the Government of Canada is supporting Canada's ongoing transition to a clean, sustainable growth economy and creating well-paying middle class jobs. The improvements to Labrador City's public infrastructure will ensure residents continue to have modern and reliable wastewater treatment that helps protect the local environment."
Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am pleased to see a total investment of over $3 million shared by provincial, federal and municipal governments through the Small Communities Fund for such an important project in the Town of Labrador City. Once the upgrades are completed, the Drake Wastewater Treatment Plant will represent a significant improvement in municipal infrastructure that will benefit both residents and businesses."
Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment
"We are extremely excited about this announcement. These funds will help bring our Drake Wastewater Treatment Plant up to 2020 standards. It will upgrade the primary treatment process, improve the remote monitoring process, and have a potential cost savings in capital expenditure. It just goes to show that when we all work together on the municipal, provincial and federal level we can achieve anything."
His Worship Wayne Button, Mayor of the Town of Labrador City
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $26.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Newfoundland and Labrador: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nl-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-301-0894, [email protected]; Lynn Robinson, Media Relations Manager, Municipal Affairs and Environment, 709-729-5449, 691-9466, [email protected]; Krista Hedlund, Executive Secretary, Town of Labrador City, 709-944-5537, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]