Two engineering firms have been awarded the contracts for engineering design and construction oversight for the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels project.

“The Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels project is vital to protect Manitobans who have sacrificed so much because of flooding,” said Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler. “Better water control means better protection against flooding for these Manitobans and the sooner this work begins, the better.”

Hatch Ltd. was awarded the Lake Manitoba engineering design and construction oversight contract. The Lake Manitoba channel includes the flood protection channel, water control structure, and preliminary design of two bridges. TREK Geotechnical Inc., Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Dillon Consulting Ltd. will assist.

KGS Group was awarded the Lake St. Martin engineering design and construction oversight contract. The Lake St. Martin channel includes the flood protection channel and water control structure. WSP Global Inc. and North/South Consultants Inc. will assist.

The provincial government recognizes the vital importance and urgency of this project, given previous flood events around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. Severe flooding in 2011 and 2014 resulted in extensive damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure in the province, as well as emergency evacuations in the communities around Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin. The flooding resulted in thousands of evacuations, damage to homes and properties, significant economic disruption, and billions of dollars in costs for response and recovery.

The overall cost of the project is $540 million.

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