Laurentian Hills celebrates Government of Canada grant

    DEEP RIVER, ON, July 22 /CNW/ - Cheryl Gallant, Member of Parliament for
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, was in Laurentian Hills today to celebrate the
$257,743 Ontario Potable Water Program (OPWP) grant that was awarded to the
    The OPWP, announced in February 2008, provides up to $50 million in
financial support to promote local economic development in municipalities that
have experienced increased costs for their Canada-Ontario Infrastructure
Program (COIP) water projects to comply with changes to Ontario drinking water
    "Our investment will enable the Town to respond to economic development
opportunities and help rebuild community capacity," said MP Gallant. "The
federal government continues to support initiatives such as the Ontario
Potable Water Program, which foster a growing economy, a cleaner environment
and stronger, more prosperous communities here in Ontario and across the
    "On behalf of the Town of Laurentian Hills, I sincerely appreciate that
fact that the Federal Government has come through with the money owed to us,"
said Vance Gutzman, Mayor of the Town of Laurentian Hills. "I look forward to
further close cooperation with our Member of Parliament, Cheryl Gallant, and
the Federal Government in the many years to come."
    Municipalities may be considered for financial support under the program
upon completion of their COIP drinking water projects. As projects are
completed, Industry Canada officials will contact these municipalities
directly to confirm their eligibility and interest in applying for the OPWP.
Once applications are assessed, municipalities will be informed and grants
will be announced. Financial support under the OPWP must be delivered to
municipalities by March 31, 2011.
    For more information on the OPWP, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Laryssa Waler, Press Secretary, Office of the
Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 957-0200; Media Relations, Industry Canada,
(613) 943-2502

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