Project made possible thanks to New Building Canada Plan
July 2, 2015 –– Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – Infrastructure Canada
Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced $433,448 in federal funding for water infrastructure improvements in the Town of Lunenburg through the Small Communities Fund. MP Keddy was joined by Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lunenburg, and Rachel Bailey, Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg.
The project involves replacing 900 metres of the drinking water distribution main along Kaulbach Street and Dufferin Street. This work will help ensure that residents of Lunenburg have reliable access to high-quality drinking water for years to come.
The project announced today is among 16 projects recently approved for more than $22 million in joint funding under the Small Communities Fund in Nova Scotia. These projects represent important investments in the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure that maintains safe, healthy communities. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development for years to come.
The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs across the country. Canada and Nova Scotia will each provide $42,649,416 to support projects in Nova Scotia communities with fewer than 100,000 residents over the course of the funding program. This will help address local infrastructure priorities and boost economies in small communities throughout the province well into the future.
- For the Town of Lunenburg project, the Government of Canada will contribute up to one third of the total eligible project costs of $1,300,344, to a maximum of $433,448, under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund.
- The Government of Nova Scotia will also contribute one third of the project costs up to $433,448.
- The Town of Lunenburg will be responsible for the remaining project costs.
- For the 16 projects altogether, the Government of Canada is providing up to one third of the total eligible costs to a maximum federal contribution of $7,542,215.
- The Province of Nova Scotia will contribute up to $7,542,215 to these projects.
- Nova Scotia communities will be responsible for the remaining costs of the 16 projects.
“Our Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, understands that by building stronger communities and modernizing and developing our infrastructure, we are creating jobs and opportunities and building a better Canada for future generations. The Small Communities Fund of the New Building Canada Fund supports economic growth from coast to coast to coast while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best in the world to live.”
–Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore–St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
“We recognize the economic and social value of supporting municipalities that invest in quality infrastructure for their citizens. We will continue to work collaboratively with our federal and municipal colleagues to make improvements to key infrastructure such as water and wastewater systems, helping us build stronger communities across Nova Scotia.”
–Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lunenburg
““The Town of Lunenburg is very pleased to partner with the Province of Nova Scotia and Federal government to upgrade critical municipal infrastructure. As we continue to replace water mains in our community, we are not only providing improved municipal services, but also promoting economic growth and job creation.”
-Rachel Bailey, Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg
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