The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island announced joint funding for two related water infrastructure projects in Charlottetown.
Funding will support a study of the existing undersized storm water system in Charlottetown in order to replace it to help meet the increasing needs and development of the community.
“Investments in infrastructure are investments in strong and healthy communities,” Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown. “Today’s announcement for two water infrastructure projects in Charlottetown will enhance resilience against climate change, including potential flooding, and help respond to the increasing needs and growth of the City.”
Following the study, funding will also support the construction of a new 800 metre storm water system that will help the City collect and manage storm flows during peak rainfall events, eliminating the possibility of future flash flood events. Once complete this project will help protect homes and businesses, creating a more resilient and safer community.
“These investments in water infrastructure are essential to support the City’s growth and will help our communities respond to the impact of an ever-changing environment,” added James Aylward, PEI’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The Province of Prince Edward Island will continue to make infrastructure investments that benefit our residents for generations to come not only by supporting cleaner, healthier communities but also by creating important infrastructure jobs that contribute to local economic growth.”
The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.7 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Prince Edward Island is providing over $1.4 million, while the City of Charlottetown is contributing over $1.1 million.
“Today’s investments in the City of Charlottetown’s Eastern Gateway Storm Water Management and Planning projects will allow Charlottetown to build critical infrastructure that will help build a more secure city in a changing environment while also creating economic opportunity,” said Charlottetown Mayor Phillip Brown.