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Saskatchewan Residents To Benefit From Green And Community Infrastructure Investments

Released on September 4, 2019

The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan recognize that strategic investments in green and recreational infrastructure play a key role in supporting healthy, dynamic and sustainable communities.

Today, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Premier Scott Moe and City of Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark announced funding for the expansion of Saskatoon’s Gordie Howe Sports Complex, while 11 other infrastructure project investments across the province were highlighted.

The expanded Gordie Howe Sports Complex will house a new multi-sport complex and outdoor artificial turf field, an outdoor baseball training and practice complex, nordic ski trails, as well as a new ticket booth facility and bleachers.

Ten projects will improve landfill management, and water and wastewater infrastructure.  These important upgrades will ensure access to high quality drinking water and protect the environment by providing more efficient sustainable water treatment and waste management systems. 

Another project will provide the Whitecap Dakota First Nation with better internet connections so residents can access key online services, do business, learn and connect with family and friends. 

The Government of Canada is investing more than $39 million in these 12 projects through its Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.  The Government of Saskatchewan is contributing more than $32 million.  Recipients are responsible for any additional costs.

“The 12 projects we are announcing today will have far-reaching benefits for people across Saskatchewan,” said Wilkinson.  “From ensuring residents have access to high quality drinking water and efficient sustainable waste water treatment systems, to providing better internet connections, and new sports event and recreational opportunities, we are supporting economic growth and helping build stronger communities where people can thrive for generations.”

“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to be investing more than $32 million toward these important infrastructure projects to help them go from the drawing board to reality,” Moe said.  “Once completed, these projects will contribute to better communities, a better province, and a better quality of life for citizens.”

“The partnerships that have led to the expansion of the Gordie Howe Sports Complex show the sort of collaborative approach and community leadership that help to define Saskatoon,” Clark said.  “This project is remarkable because it brings together so many different community groups—from sports such as football, hockey, baseball, speed skating, and soccer—to work together to create a valuable space and build community.  I am thankful for the federal and provincial investments that will help to improve the quality of life for residents of the city, the region and beyond.”

Quick facts:
  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • $26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • $25.3 billion of this funding is supporting social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
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For more information, contact:

Ann-Clara Vaillancourt
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Phone: 613-697-3778

Dan Palmer
Government Relations
Phone: 306-787-7151

Michelle Beveridge
City of Saskatoon
Phone: 306-975-3500

Media Relations
Infrastructure Canada 
Phone: 613-960-9251

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