The governments of Canada and Nova Scotiaannounced a combined investment of more than $28.8 million to upgrade wastewater and active transportation infrastructure in the Town of Lunenburg and the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

Two projects will support upgrades to local wastewater treatment plants. The first project will upgrade the Cookville Wastewater Treatment facility in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, which will increase treatment capacity and accommodate future residential and commercial growth. The second project will improve the wastewater treatment plant in the Town of Lunenburg by replacing mechanical and electrical equipment, adding a backup generator, and converting the existing wastewater treatment process to a sequencing batch reactor. These projects will increase the capacity to treat and manage wastewater to support growth in the Town and the Municipality of Lunenburg for years to come.

“Today’s announcement on upgraded wastewater treatment facilities and additional active transportation infrastructure for Lunenburg is great news. These projects will reduce water pollution and support residential and commercial growth in the town and municipality for years to come. The Government of Canada is committed to working with our partners in provincial and municipal governments to ensure that communities like Lunenburg continue to grow and remain healthy and active through investments in critical infrastructure.” said Kody Blois, MP for Kings—Hants.

“This crucial project is the largest and most important step toward modernizing the Town’s wastewater system and supporting the Town’s future growth and long-term viability through increased servicing capacity. The support provided by other levels of government to our residents is both welcomed and appreciated,” said Matt Risser, Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg.

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The third project will see the construction of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg’s Osprey Village Active Transportation Connector. This consists of a 1.2-kilometre-long active transportation multi-use pathway, a 280-metre sidewalk section, and a 75-metre multi-use pathway bridge connecting Osprey Village’s developments with the Town of Bridgewater. The crossing will create a new opportunity for safe, non-vehicular travel between two neighbouring municipalities.

“The Osprey Village Active Transportation Connector will connect Osprey Village’s commercial, educational, hospitality, and residential developments with the Town of Bridgewater and its in-town transit system. Residents and business owners have been calling for a safe travel route between two neighboring municipalities, and we are excited to begin work on this project. Additionally, the funding to upgrade the Cookville Wastewater Treatment Plant Capacity will ensure the continued success and expansion of Osprey Village. We are grateful to the Province of Nova Scotia and to Infrastructure Canada for their commitment to making these projects a reality,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

Upgrading wastewater and active transportation infrastructure builds on the Government of Canada’s commitment to reduce water pollution, provide clean water, as well as encourage safe, environmentally friendly transportation options to Canadians.

The Government of Canada is investing $11,531,139 in these projects. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing $9,608,958. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is providing $5,025,617, while the Town of Lunenburg is providing $2,662,133.

“Our municipalities depend on modern infrastructure to be competitive and attract new residents to their communities. By making this investment, we are focused on the future and laying the foundation for continued growth for years to come.” said Susan Corkum-Greek, Minister of Economic Development and MLA for Lunenburg.

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Featured image: (L to R) Susan Corkum-Greek, Minister of Economic Development; Matt Risser, Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg; Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg; and Kody Blois MP for Kings—Hants. (Government of Canada)

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