Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

March 15, 2007 15:35 ET

AAFC: 39.4 Million Water Program to Benefit Manitoba Producers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2007) - Manitoba producers looking to improve water supplies for their farms are reminded and encouraged to apply for assistance through the Canada-Manitoba Water Supply Expansion Program (CMWSEP). The Government of Canada will invest more than $20.2 million toward agricultural water supplies in Manitoba, with the Government of Manitoba contributing more than $19.2 million.

"This government understands that all producers need a safe, reliable source of water," said the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Minister of the Canadian Wheat Board. "This program will provide the agriculture community in Manitoba with the financial and technical assistance they need to ensure access to this most valuable natural resource."

"Advances in technology are making cost efficient access to water systems a reality for more rural families, businesses and communities," said Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk. "This partnership will ensure producers have access to advice and financial aid that will support a variety of water resource projects for crop and livestock production and municipal water supplies."

Successful applicants can receive technical and financial assistance for three types of water projects: Tier One - individual on-farm water projects; Tier Two - multi-user water infrastructure; and Tier Three - strategic initiatives and studies to benefit larger areas and groups of users.

Eligible applicants to the CMWSEP include individual and/or incorporated groups of farmers and ranchers; agricultural and conservation groups; rural communities and municipalities; agri-businesses and rural enterprises; educational institutions; and territorial government agencies and Crown corporations. Projects deemed eligible for assistance must incorporate a water supply component and be used for commercial agricultural production.

The CMWSEP is administered under the National Water Supply Expansion Program, which ends on March 31, 2008.

For additional program information or to obtain an application form, please contact: Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives GO centres and offices; the nearest Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration office; the AAFC Client Service Centre at 1-800-667-8567; or visit the program Website (www.agr.gc.ca/h2o).

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Conrad Bellehumeur
    Director of Communications
    613-759-1059
    or
    Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Diane Coble-Kendall
    Communications Coordinator
    204-945-3811