Released on December 7, 2016
The Government of Saskatchewan is now accepting online applications for infrastructure projects under both the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF), and the Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) of the New Building Canada Fund.
“Investing in infrastructure projects, like the ones eligible under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and PTIC, is essential to the long-term growth of communities across our province,” Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer said. “Building and renewing local infrastructure improves the quality of life for our citizens and helps keep Saskatchewan strong.”
The CWWF, which was announced this September, will see Saskatchewan receive $89.3 million in funding from the Government of Canada over two to three years during Phase One. Saskatchewan has committed to provide an additional $44.2 million for water, wastewater and storm water projects.
Eligible project costs will be funded up to 50 per cent by the federal government and 25 per cent by the provincial government, with the eligible recipient responsible for the remaining costs.
PTIC, a ten year program announced in 2014, will see $240.2 million in federal funding administered by Government Relations for eligible PTIC applicants. These projects are funded one-third each by the federal government, the provincial government and eligible recipients. During the first intake of this program, more than 50 projects with total eligible costs of more than $233.3 million were approved.
“On behalf of Saskatchewan’s urban municipalities, SUMA appreciates the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan’s financial contribution and participation in this program,” Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association Interim President Randy Goulden said. “Our cities, towns, villages, and northern municipalities play a vital role in delivering important services — such as clean drinking water — and this program acknowledges the challenges municipalities face to fund these projects with limited revenue sources. This funding will provide a benefit to more Saskatchewan cities, towns, and villages, ensuring our hometowns get the support they deserve.”
“SARM is pleased that rural municipalities may now access funding for important infrastructure projects, such as wastewater or disaster mitigation infrastructure, under CWWF and PTIC,” Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities President Ray Orb said. “This funding will help us continue to grow a strong rural Saskatchewan.”
To streamline the funding process, eligible applicants will use the same online form to apply to CWWF and PTIC. If an applicant wishes its previous PTIC application to be considered, they will need to resubmit a new form to meet requirements.
The application form, as well as information concerning program criteria and eligibility can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/municipal-administration/funding-finances-and-asset-management/funding/nbcf. Applications must be received by the Government of Saskatchewan before noon on Monday, January 23, 2017, to be considered for funding under these two programs.
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