The government of Canada and Manitoba announced more than $146.5 million in joint funding for eleven projects across Manitoba to support green infrastructure. The projects will rehabilitate key water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as raise, rehabilitate, and replace dikes and dams to community needs and make these Manitoba communities even more resilient.

The City of Brandon‘s water treatment facility will be upgraded and expanded. This $115 million project is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, The Government of Manitoba, and the City. The project includes the addition of a membrane treatment facility, which will help Brandon to meet and exceed water quality requirements, as well as increase capacity and operational redundancy. Other additions include a new intake, yard piping, and settling pond, which will reduce maintenance and ensure the residents of Brandon have continued access to safe and reliable drinking water for decades to come.

“Funding for the Brandon water treatment facility upgrade and expansion will improve wastewater management so the region can continue to grow knowing that its facilities have increased treatment capacity, will meet and exceed water quality requirements and will provide a cleaner environment to the area’s growing population. Our government is proud to support this important project,” said Reg Helwer, Minister of Central Services.

“This is likely Brandon’s single largest municipal project in our history and certainly at the top of the list of mission critical pieces of infrastructure for our citizens and businesses,” added Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest. “We’re grateful to see our Federal and Provincial governments give our water treatment plant upgrade the green light through this funding approval”

The City of Thompson will benefit from the rehabilitation of more than 13.8 km of water pipes, and more than 3.3 km of wastewater pipes. The water and wastewater lines are deteriorating, and this rehabilitation project will ensure that residents of Thompson will continue to benefit from clean and safe drinking water. The Government of Canada is contributing more than $ $18.8 million to this project. The Government of Manitoba is contributing more than $15.6 million, and the City of Thompson is contributing more than $12.5 million.

Dikes in St. Adolphe and St. Agathe will be raised to the 1:200 year flood protection level, ensuring the safety of the communities and surrounding areas for years to come. The project includes riverbank stabilization measures. The federal and provincial governments will contribute over $2.8 million in joint funding to these two projects.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $78.6 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Plan. Federal funding is conditional on fully satisfying environmental assessment requirements and consultations with Indigenous groups. The Government of Manitoba is investing more than $67.8 million, and contributions by recipients toward their respective projects are over $43.2 million. Funding recipients are responsible for any additional project costs.

Featured image: (City of Brandon)

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