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Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

June 12, 2015 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Announces Important Water Infrastructure Improvements in the Municipality of the County of Kings

Projects made possible by the New Building Canada Plan

GREENWOOD, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - June 12, 2015) - Infrastructure Canada

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced today announced $521,430 in federal funding for drinking water infrastructure improvements in Kings County, and $62,571 in federal funding for wastewater infrastructure improvements in Kingston through the Small Communities Fund. Member of Parliament Kerr was joined by the Honourable Mark Furey, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Business, Minister of Service Nova Scotia, and Minister responsible for Nova Scotia Business Incorporated, and Diana Brothers, Warden for the Municipality of the County of Kings.

Kings County will use its funding to extend water services from the Greenwood Water Utility to the Pine View, Marshall and Planesview subdivisions. The extension will provide potable water service to 170 households. This important infrastructure investment will help ensure that Kings County residents have reliable access to high-quality drinking water.

Kingston will use its funding to install a stationary emergency generator and upgrade the electronic control panels and security system at its wastewater treatment plant. Once completed, the project will ensure that wastewater treatment systems in the area are reliable in the event of power loss.

The projects announced today are among 16 projects recently approved for more than $22 million in joint funding under the Small Communities Fund in Nova Scotia. These projects represent important investments in the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure that maintains safe, healthy communities. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development for years to come.

The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs across the country. Canada and Nova Scotia will each provide $42,649,416 to support projects in Nova Scotia communities with fewer than 100,000 residents over the course of the funding program. This will help address local infrastructure priorities and boost economies in small communities throughout the province well into the future.

Quick Facts:

Kings County:

  • For the Kings County project, the Government of Canada will contribute up to one third of the total eligible project costs of $1,564,290, to a maximum of $521,430, under the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-Small Communities Fund.
  • The Government of Nova Scotia will also contribute one third of the project costs up to $521,430.
  • The Municipality of the County of Kings will be responsible for the remaining project costs.

Kingston:

  • For the Kingston project, the Government of Canada will contribute up to one third of the total eligible project costs of $187,714, to a maximum of $62,571, under the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-Small Communities Fund.
  • The Government of Nova Scotia will also contribute one third of the project costs up to $62,571.
  • The Village of Kingston will be responsible for the remaining project costs.
  • For the 16 projects altogether, the Government of Canada is providing up to one third of the total eligible costs to a maximum federal contribution of $7,542,215.
  • The Province of Nova Scotia will contribute up to $7,542,215 to these projects.
  • Nova Scotia communities will be responsible for the remaining costs of the 16 projects.

Quotes:

"Our Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, understands that by building stronger communities and modernizing and developing our infrastructure, we are creating jobs and opportunities and building a better Canada for future generations. The Small Communities Fund of the New Building Canada Fund supports economic growth from coast to coast to coast while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best in the world to live."

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"We recognize the importance of supporting municipalities in the investment of quality infrastructure for their citizens. We will continue to work with our federal and municipal colleagues to ensure improvements to key infrastructure, such as water and wastewater systems, are completed in a timely manner, helping us build stronger communities across Nova Scotia."

The Honourable Mark Furey, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister of Business, Minister of Service Nova Scotia, and Minister responsible for Nova Scotia Business Incorporated

"Support from the other levels of government will help improve the quality of life for Kings County citizens in the Greenwood area. We have worked to explore all funding possibilities so that this project can provide safer drinking water at a reasonable cost for residents."

Diana Brothers, Warden for the Municipality of the County of Kings

"The Village of Kingston is pleased that federal and provincial funding support has been confirmed to help us carry out needed wastewater upgrades. These improvements will ensure we are contributing to a clean environment. We could not do this needed infrastructure work without the support of the other levels of government."

Martha Armstrong, Chairperson for the Village of Kingston

Associated Links:

To learn more about the Small Communities Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html.

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1838

    Tracy Barron
    Media Relations Advisor
    Province of Nova Scotia
    902-424-2733
    Tracy.Barron@novascotia.ca

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca