Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

July 20, 2015 09:30 ET

Government of Canada supports improvements to the Forbes Lake Water Treatment Facility in New Glasgow

Project to improve quality of life of local residents made possible thanks to New Building Canada Plan

NEW GLASGOW, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - July 20, 2015) - Infrastructure Canada

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, was joined today by the Honourable Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment and Minister of Gaelic Affairs, and Barrie MacMillan, Mayor of the Town of New Glasgow, to announce federal funding of up to $1,521,983 for the Forbes Lake Water Treatment Facility project under the New Building Canada Plan in Nova Scotia.

This project involves enhancing the filtration system by adding a third multimedia filter. Water disinfection chemical storage will also be moved closer to the main treatment plant, which will reduce costs and interruptions to transmitting the chemicals to the plant during the winter in the case of frozen pipes. Once complete, the project will result in a safer, more reliable supply of potable water for residents and industries in the region.

The New Building Canada Plan is the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canada's history.
This unprecedented commitment is providing $53 billion to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure between 2014 and 2024.

Over this ten-year period, Nova Scotia will benefit from approximately $1 billion in dedicated federal funding, including almost $426 million under the New Building Canada Fund.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada has selected this project for funding consideration of up to one third of the total eligible costs ($4,565,949), to a maximum of $1,521,983, under the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects. This funding is conditional on the project meeting applicable federal eligibility requirements with respect to the New Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement.
  • The Government of Nova Scotia will also contribute one third of the project costs up to $1,521,983.
  • The Town of New Glasgow will be responsible for the remaining costs of the project.
  • The $53-billion New Building Canada Plan provides stable funding for a 10-year period, and includes:
    • The Community Improvement Fund, consisting of the Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for Municipalities, which will provide over $32 billion to municipalities for projects such as roads, public transit and recreational facilities, and other community infrastructure.
    • The $14-billion New Building Canada Fund, which consists of:
      • The $4-billion National Infrastructure Component that will support projects of national significance; and
      • The $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component for projects of national, regional and local significance. Of this amount, $1 billion for projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 residents through the Small Communities Fund.
    • An additional $1.25 billion in funding for the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Canada Fund administered by PPP Canada.

Quotes

"Improving the quality of life of Canadians and ensuring our communities have the necessary infrastructure to grow and be places where we want to raise our families is a priority for the federal government. With the New Building Canada Fund, our Government's support for public infrastructure has never been stronger and we are contributing to our long-term prosperity. We are pleased to work with the Government of Nova Scotia to approve projects under the New Building Canada Fund. Investing in the Forbes Lake Water Treatment Facility project will ensure that infrastructure funding continues to flow as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Nova Scotia and across Canada."

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova

"The provincial government's contribution to the water treatment plant in New Glasgow provides a tremendous boost to ensuring this key piece of infrastructure continues to service the community. This funding shows our commitment to strong communities and we will continue to work collaboratively with our federal and municipal colleagues."

The Honourable Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment and Minister of Gaelic Affairs

"This outstanding investment in our Forbes Lake Water Treatment Facility by both the federal and provincial governments is a leadership investment in the future of Pictou County. We provide this valuable resource to residents of New Glasgow, the County of Pictou through a master water agreement, and to the Town of Westville Water Utility. The water produced at the Forbes Lake Water Treatment Facility supports important regional assets, including the Aberdeen Regional Hospital, the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the two regional high schools, the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility and major businesses such as NS Power and DSTN in Trenton. The Town of New Glasgow Water Facility meets and exceeds national water standards and this expansion ensures this exceptional quality will continue for many years."

Barrie MacMillan, Mayor of the Town of New Glasgow

Associated Links

To learn more about the New Building Canada Fund - Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-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