BRIDGEWATER, NS, March 22, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to supporting infrastructure projects that ensure Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs.
Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret's, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs, and His Worship David Mitchell, Mayor of the Town of Bridgewater, today announced joint funding for upgrades to the Town of Bridgewater Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The federal government is providing funding of up to $750,000 through the Government of Canada's Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The remainder of project funding will be shared equally between provincial and municipal governments.
The support will be used to replace the floating anaerobic digester gas storage cover and replace the belt filter press. These improvements will improve the quality of wastewater effluent, helping to reduce odors, increase efficiency, and safeguard the health and well-being of local residents.
"Investing in efficient wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining healthy communities. The Government of Canada is proud to work with Nova Scotia and the town of Bridgewater to support improvements to wastewater treatment so that Canadian communities can maintain a clean, sustainable environment for people to live, work and raise their families."
Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret's, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Upgrading municipal wastewater infrastructure is important for the health and safety of Nova Scotians, and we're pleased to work in partnership with the federal government and our municipalities to invest in important infrastructure projects that will help ensure healthy, vibrant communities across Nova Scotia."
The Honourable Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs
"It's a challenging time for urban municipalities as we work to balance annual budget pressures against the rising costs of important infrastructure projects. Today's Clean Water and Wastewater Funding announcement is exciting because it is an important example of what can be accomplished when all three levels of government work together for the betterment of our community and environment. With funding now in place, we will be able to proceed with the replacement of both the anaerobic digester gas storage cover and the belt filter press – critical upgrades that will lengthen the lifespan of our wastewater treatment facility and improve its efficiency."
His Worship David Mitchell, Mayor of the Town of Bridgewater
- 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;
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
*New* – Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ns-eng.html
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Krista Higdon, Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs, 902-220-6619, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]