The governments of Canada and Manitoba have announced investment in provincial infrastructure as they continue to develop modern, reliable water and wastewater services. The governments perceive these investments as safeguarding public health and well-being, protecting provincial waterways, and preserving local ecosystems.
Today, Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Honourable Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous and Municipal Relations, were in Elie to announce more than $37 million in combined funding for 24 new water and wastewater projects across Manitoba.
“We are pleased to partner with the federal government to invest in water and wastewater infrastructure across Manitoba. These important projects will help foster sustainable economic growth and safe, healthy communities for Manitobans to live and work. Our Government will continue to provide strong support for municipal infrastructure while building on our new, streamlined ‘Single Window’ application approach,” said Clarke.
The funding will support a variety of water and wastewater projects, including upgrades to the Elie lagoon in the Rural Municipality of Cartier, building a new lagoon in the Rural Municipality of Montcalm, and building a new municipal well and piping network in the Rural Municipality of Prairie View.
Chris Goertzen, Association of Manitoba Municipalities, president, said of the announced funding for water infrastructure: “There are few things more essential to the safety and well-being of Manitobans than clean, potable water. At the same time, new infrastructure investments in water-related projects help to create new economic opportunities for municipalities. The AMM is pleased to partner with our provincial and federal counterparts in selecting these very important projects for our communities.”
These investments are part of the bilateral agreement between Canada and Manitoba, announced on July 25, 2016, and are in addition to approximately $153 million in federal and provincial funding announced that day for 23 water and wastewater projects and 4 public transit projects.