Water, wastewater projects across Manitoba receive funding

April 19, 2017
More than $37M in combined funding earmarked for24 new water and wastewater projectsacrossManitoba.  

ELIE, MB,APRIL 19, 2017 -- The governments ofCanadaandManitobaannounced more than$37 millionin combined funding for24 new water and wastewater projectsacrossManitoba.

The funding will support a variety of water and wastewater projects, like upgrading theElielagoon in the Rural Municipality ofCartier, building a new lagoon in the Rural Municipality ofMontcalm, and building a new municipal well and piping network in the Rural Municipality of Prairie View.

"Modern, efficient water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to safeguarding the well-being of Canadian families and building theCanadawe want for tomorrow," Jim Carr, minister of natural resources, said. "We are working closely with the Government ofManitobaand municipalities to invest in important water and wastewater projects that will protect the environment, keep communities in the Province healthy and livable, and create well-paying jobs for the middle-class."

These investments are part of the bilateral agreement betweenCanadaandManitoba, announced onJuly 25, 2016, and are in addition to approximately$153 millionin federal and provincial funding announced that day for23 water and wastewater projects and 4 public transit projects.

"We are pleased to partner with the federal government to invest in water and wastewater infrastructure acrossManitoba,"Eileen Clarke, minister of indigenous and municipal relations, said. "These important projects will help foster sustainable economic growth and safe, healthy communities for Manitobans to live and work. Our Government will continue to provide strong support for municipal infrastructure while building on our new, streamlined 'Single Window' application approach."

The Government ofCanadais providingManitobawith up to$95,250,782under the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, and will fund up to 50 per cent of the eligible project costs.

For the 24 projects announced today, the federal government is providing up to$18.6 million, the Province is providing approximately$9.3 million, and local municipalities are contributing the balance of the funding or about$9.3 million.

The Government ofCanadawill provide more than$180 billionin infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, andCanada'srural and northern communities.

Budget 2017 proposes$21.9 billionfor investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.