The Manitoba government will provide more than $61 million to support the upgrade of the City of Portage la Prairie’s Water Pollution Control Facility.

“The area around Portage la Prairie has seen new and established agri-business investments in the community, leading to direct job creation and ongoing population growth that is expected to continue,” said Premier Brian Pallister. “This investment will bring wastewater treatment for the city and surrounding areas into compliance with provincial and federal regulations, and will benefit Manitoba’s lakes and waterways. Our government anticipates the positive long-term contributions this investment will bring to the region.”

The City of Portage la Prairie owns and operates the Water Pollution Control Facility, a wastewater treatment plant that provides treatment for municipal and industrial wastewater before it is discharged into the Assiniboine River. The facility also serves the region’s agri-business industry, which includes pea processing plants Nutri-Pea Ltd. and Roquette, and a potato-processing plant operated by McCain Foods.

“Upgrades to Portage la Prairie’s Water Pollution Control Facility will modernize waste-water infrastructure for the local community, safeguarding the well-being of Manitoba’s families and will support the area’s growing agri-business functions,” said Mayor Irvine Ferris, City of Portage la Prairie. “Investing in the expansion of Portage la Prairie’s waste-water infrastructure provides an exciting opportunity to improve our environmental footprint and support the unprecedented economic growth in the area.”

Funding for the expansion of the facility is being provided through the Investing in Canada Plan. Other partners in the project include the Government of Canada and the City of Portage la Prairie, which are providing more than $60 million and $59 million respectively.

Construction is expected to begin in summer 2022.

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