Gov. of Canada invests $2.2M for upgrades to water, wastewater

Town of Chibougamau to upgrade its waste water pumping stations thanks to Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

Chibougamau Main Street. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
Chibougamau Main Street. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

CHIBOUGAMAU, QC,APRIL 11, 2017 -- The governments ofCanadaandQuebecannounced an investment of more than$2.2 millionfor upgrades toChibougamau'swaste water pumping stations in the Nord-du-Québec region under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. This financial support will contribute to maintaining, renewing or developing the municipality's infrastructure to ensure the production and distribution of high-quality drinking water for residents or the proper disposal and treatment of waste water.

"We are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs," Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said. "We will continue working in close collaboration with our partners to ensure we make smart infrastructure investments that help protect the environment and preserve public health, while paving the way for economic growth and for the creation of good-paying middle class jobs."

The Government ofCanadais investing more than$1.3 millionin this project and the Government ofQuebecis providing almost$880,000for a total joint contribution of over$2.2 million. The municipality will provide the remainder of the funding.

The approval of this project was made possible bythe signing of a bilateral agreement betweenCanadaandQuebecinJuly 2016, which made funding available for water projects across the province.

"Thanks to the federal-provincial agreement of the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, theTown of Chibougamauwill be able to complete an important project to meet their needs related to drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure," said Jean Boucher, MNA for Ungava. "The financial support announced today clearly shows how working in partnership is improving the quality of life of our citizens."

Thanks to its base financial assistance rate of 83%, CWWF is allowing municipalities to invest almost$800 millionin infrastructure projects. Over the period of 2016 to 2018, the federal government will provide$363.8 millionand the provincial government will provide$300 millionfor a total joint investment of$664 million.

This Fund is part ofInvesting inCanada, the Government ofCanada'shistoric plan that provides 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 provides$21.9 billionover 11 years for investments in green infrastructure. This amount includes$5 billionavailable for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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