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Western Economic Diversification Canada

February 05, 2010 20:08 ET

Canada and British Columbia Announce Funding for West Kelowna Sewer Services Extension-Phase 2

WEST KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 5, 2010) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart, and West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater announced funding toward Phase 2 of the West Kelowna Sewer Services project. This project, worth close to $8.8 million, will receive $5.1 million in joint federal-provincial funding, under the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component Top-Up fund.

The project will improve the reliability of wastewater treatment and eliminate the on-site impact on local soils and Okanagan Lake, by providing sewer connections to more than 1,100 West Kelowna residents. The Governments of Canada and British Columbia will each invest $2.55 million in the second phase of this project, and the District of West Kelowna will contribute close to $3.7 million. Phase 1 of this project received $6 million in joint federal/provincial funding in March 2009.

"As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, I am proud to announce funding that will improve local infrastructure for West Kelowna's residents," said Minister Day. "This project will not only make local infrastructure reliable for years to come, but is creating jobs today to boost our economy for tomorrow."

"This is an important investment for residents of Glenrosa and Casa Loma-Lakeview, continuing the work funded last spring," said MLA Stewart. "Giving communities the support they need to develop and enhance essential infrastructure is a prime concern for all levels of government."

"We are really very pleased with the support shown from the federal and provincial governments for this vital infrastructure project to the residents of the District of West Kelowna," said Mayor Findlater. "This funding means that while the District's priorities will temporarily shift to accommodate this work, it will resolve a significant part of our inherited infrastructure backlog by completing our Sewer Servicing Program, creating over 1,400 new connections, but thankfully, it will be now be done without a tremendous financial burden on our citizens."

This project is just one example of the commitment of both governments to strengthen the British Columbia economy and improve the quality of life for its residents. The Governments of Canada and British Columbia have taken steps to advance projects and flow money faster for targeted infrastructure projects in British Columbia communities in the 2010 construction season.

The projects are funded under the Province's three-year, $14-billion capital infrastructure program, which will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.

For more information on the Building Canada plan, visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca or www.bcbuildingcanadafundcommunities.ca. For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit: www.actionplan.gc.ca. The website www.creatingjobs.gc.ca has more information on federal infrastructure investments in British Columbia.

Contact Information

  • Infrastructure Canada
    Ministry of Community and Rural Development
    Marc Black