OXFORD, NS, June 20, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to supporting infrastructure projects that ensure all Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs.
Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Patricia Stewart, Mayor of the Town of Oxford, today announced joint funding to maintain reliable potable water services in the Town of Oxford.
The federal government is providing funding of up to $73,000 through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The Government of Nova Scotia and the Town of Oxford will cover the remainder of project cost.
Work involves replacing the water main that crosses underneath Little River to improve water pressure and flow, restrict corrosion, and deliver fast, reliable drinking water to the people of Oxford and its surrounding areas. The new main will also minimize the need for future repairs and ensure fewer chances of leaks and breakages.
"The Government of Canada understands that reliable access to drinking water is essential to the health and prosperity of all Canadians. That is why we are committed to investing in drinking water infrastructure that will better serve the needs of our communities, while supporting future growth and protecting the environment. The replacement of the Little River water main will ensure continued delivery of fast, quality water service to the Town of Oxford and its residents for years to come."
Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"We appreciate the federal government's willingness to partner with the province and local municipalities on critical infrastructure like water and wastewater systems, and we are pleased to provide $36,500 in provincial funding for this project."
The Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs
"The Town of Oxford is very pleased to partner with the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to provide an important upgrade to the Town's Water Utility distribution lines. The Little River water main crossing is an important connection for stable and reliable water to our community. Clean, reliable water is a critical service to our residents and businesses and this partnership allows the Town to ensure the service continues well into the future."
Patricia Stewart, Mayor of the Town of Oxford
- 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.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
- Skilled workforce/Immigration;
- Clean growth and climate change;
- Trade and investment;
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ns-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]; Krista Higdon, Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs, 902-220-6619, [email protected]; Patricia Stewart, Town of Oxford, 902-447-2616, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]