Released on June 2, 2017The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are committed to investing in local infrastructure that provides Canadians and their families with access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect provincial waterways and preserve local ecosystems.
Today, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Government Relations Minister Donna Harpauer, announced funding for 75 new water and wastewater projects throughout Saskatchewan. This investment represents combined federal, provincial and local partner funding of more than $94 million for 74 Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) projects, and one project under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects.
The funding will support such initiatives as building new sewage treatment lagoons, upgrading sewage pumps, and improving drinking water supply systems. This work will improve the reliability of water and wastewater services, while also allowing for future growth and development in communities across Saskatchewan.
The CWWF projects announced today are part of the bilateral agreement between Canada and Saskatchewan announced on September 16, 2016. These are in addition to $29.5 million in federal funding and $14.7 million in provincial funding announced that day for 10 water projects and more than $17.9 million in federal funding and $8.9 million in provincial funding announced on January 11, 2017, for an additional 26 projects under the CWWF.
“The investments in infrastructure we are making will benefit Canadians for years to come - creating economic growth and middle - class jobs now, while laying the foundation for sustainable growth in the future,” said Goodale. “These water and wastewater projects will protect the environment and help keep our Saskatchewan communities healthy for generations to come.”
“The Government of Saskatchewan will continue to invest in infrastructure projects to improve our citizens’ quality of life as our province continues to grow,” Harpauer said. “Since 2007, we have invested more than $350 million in municipal infrastructure projects across the province.”
“The City of Moose Jaw is very appreciative to receive this funding from the federal and provincial governments, as it will support water and sewer infrastructure related to a new industrial park for our community that will add vibrancy to our city’s economy,” City of Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said.
“Without this federal and provincial support, we would never have the capacity to move our project forward,” Northern Village of Ile-A-La Crosse Mayor Duane Favel said. “We are very appreciative of these types of programs, which are essential to our community’s key infrastructure.”
“The project for our area would be difficult to do on our own,” RM of Waverly No. 44 Reeve Lloyd Anderson said. “We sure appreciate the help from federal-provincial programs like this. It helps take away some of the burden.”
- The Government of Canada will contribute more than $45 million toward these 75 projects. The Government of Saskatchewan will provide nearly $25 million and local partners will cover the remaining costs.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- The Government of Canada’s Budget 2017 proposes $21.9 billion for investments for green infrastructure. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
- Federal infrastructure investments in Saskatchewan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/sk-eng.html
- CWWF and PTIF projects in Saskatchewan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/pt-sp/pt-sp-sk-eng.html
- The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cwwf-fepeu-eng.html
- Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP): http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
- Government of Saskatchewan: www.saskatchewan.ca
For more information, contact:
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Government of Canada
Phone: 613-960-9251 Toll free: 1-877-250-7154