POUCH COVE, NL, April 28, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are safeguarding public health and provincial waterways by investing in modern water and wastewater infrastructure to ensure that local systems can efficiently meet communities' increasing capacity needs. These investments will also create jobs and lay the foundation for new economic opportunities to help strengthen the middle class across the province.
Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John's East, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Graham Letto, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment and Joedy Wall, Mayor of the Town of Pouch Cove, announced more than $3.8 million in joint federal-provincial funding for a new water treatment plant in Pouch Cove.
The newly constructed water treatment facility will supply quality clean water to residents and businesses in Pouch Cove and eliminate the need for local boil water advisories. Additionally, the installation of a water storage tank will ensure water is available to the community during peak usage and facility maintenance periods, or for use in fire emergencies.
"These vital investments in Newfoundland and Labrador's water infrastructure reflect the Government of Canada's commitment to building sustainable communities that meet people's needs now and into the future. We will continue working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help protect the environment and preserve public health, while paving the way for economic development that creates good jobs and strengthens the middle class."
Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John's East, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Today's investment demonstrates how our government is actively working with municipalities to building sustainable communities. We have made it a priority to support projects, such as the Pouch Cove water treatment system, which enable municipalities to provide clean drinking water for residents. Over the next three years, we have committed to invest $100 million in a municipal capital works program. In addition to the funding provided under this program, we continue to work with the Government of Canada to leverage federal funding to maximize infrastructure investment in Newfoundland and Labrador."
Graham Letto, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment
"Today's announcement of federal and provincial funding for a water treatment system in our town is welcomed news for Pouch Cove Council and residents. Many municipalities in our province struggle daily with providing clean drinking water to their residents, and Pouch Cove is no exception. With more than 3.8 million dollars in joint federal and provincial funding announced today, the reality of clean drinking water for Pouch Cove is finally here. This is crucial for our town as we continue to grow, develop, and meet the needs of our residents in 2017."
Joedy Wall, Mayor of the Town of Pouch Cove
- The government of Canada is contributing up to $1,427,413 to this project, while the province is providing $2,426,988. The Town of Pouch Cove will provide the remainder of the cost.
- 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 Newfoundland and Labrador: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-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
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected] ; Lynn Robinson, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, 709-729-5449, [email protected] ; Barbara Tilley, Town Manager/Clerk, Town of Pouch Cove, 709-335-2848 (ext. 110), [email protected] ; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, [email protected]