Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

February 22, 2008 11:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Clean Water in Atwood

ATWOOD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament for Perth-Wellington, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the Government of Canada will consider improvements to the sewer system in Atwood as a priority for up to $1.54 million in federal infrastructure funding.

The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible costs. The total estimated cost of the project is $4.62 million.

"Maintaining a healthy and sustainable environment is directly related to the health and prosperity of communities and their residents, and is a priority for the Government of Canada," said MP Schellenberger. "Supporting improvements to the sewer system in Atwood is one of the ways we will deliver results in this priority area."

"On behalf of North Perth Council I would like to thank the federal government for additional funding for the settlement of Atwood's sewage project," said Ed Hollinger, Mayor of North Perth. "Mr. Schellenberger has been a positive force behind the additional funding that will go towards protecting Atwood's water source."

The project consists of the provision of municipal sewer services and pumping of sewage from Atwood to the Listowel Wastewater Treatment Plant. These upgrades will improve the wastewater quality and eliminate the significant health and safety risks that are prevalent with failing septic systems.

Funding for this project comes from the $200 million announced in February 2007, to top up the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) nation-wide. The Government of Canada is directing $64 million in funding to existing clean water applications under MRIF in Ontario.

Federal financial support for the project is conditional on the initiative meeting all applicable eligibility requirements and other program criteria to be approved by Treasury Board, a federal review of the project, the successful completion of an environmental assessment, assurance by the municipality that the remaining project costs have been fully financed and accounted for, and the signing of a contribution agreement for the project detailing the project elements and any other federal requirements.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Gary Schellenberger, M.P.
    Perth-Wellington
    Gary Long, Executive Assistant
    519-273-1400
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148