SANDY LAKE, AB, Nov. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Alberta are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water services that meet their needs.
Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Transportation, and Marcel D. Auger, Reeve of the Municipal District of Opportunity, announced just over $7.5 million in joint federal-provincial-municipal funding for the construction of a new water treatment plant for the Hamlet of Sandy Lake in the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17.
With increased storage capacity and modern equipment, this new facility will replace the hamlet's existing plant, which is no longer operational, and eliminate the need for drinking water to be hauled in from the neighbouring community of Wabasca-Desmarais.
Once complete, the new plant will be able to service a greater number of businesses and households in the Hamlet of Sandy Lake, promoting economic development and ensuring current and future residents have access to a reliable supply of high-quality drinking water for years to come.
"The Government of Canada is investing in local infrastructure projects to help protect public health and lay a strong foundation for economic growth, middle-class job creation, and a sustainable future. I am pleased to support the construction of this crucial water treatment plant in the Hamlet of Sandy Lake, which will restore the community's ability to treat water locally and contribute to a higher quality of life for residents."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Reliable access to clean drinking water and water treatment systems is essential for all Albertans. The Government of Alberta is pleased to provide this Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership grant to the Municipal District of Opportunity to support the new Sandy Lake water treatment plant. This infrastructure spending is an investment in helping to put people back to work while providing enhanced access to clean drinking water to make life better for Albertans."
Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Transportation
"As our communities within the Municipal District of Opportunity continue to grow and develop so does the infrastructure in these communities for essential services. We are excited to be a part of this joint project with both the federal and provincial governments to bring the much-needed construction of a new water treatment plant to the community of Sandy Lake."
Marcel D. Auger, Reeve, Municipal District of Opportunity
- The Government of Canada is contributing $1,983,135 to this project through the New Building Canada Fund. The Government of Alberta is contributing $3,697,831 and the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17 is providing $1,893,655.
- 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.
- $21.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $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.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Alberta: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ab-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund: Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component–National and Regional Projects: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership: http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/5400.htm
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
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