Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

February 22, 2008 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Clean Water in Brantford

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the Government of Canada will consider the upgrade of the water treatment plant in Brantford as a priority for up to $5,408,805 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 $16.2 million.

"Maintaining a healthy and clean environment is directly related to the health and prosperity of communities and their residents, and is a priority for our Government," said Minister Baird. "Supporting the upgrade of this water treatment plant is one of the ways we will deliver results in this priority area."

"One of the biggest challenges facing municipalities today is the maintenance of our aging infrastructure and particularly our ability to provide clean water to our citizens, now and into the future," said Mike Hancock, Mayor of Brantford. "With this contribution of $5.4 million dollars, Brantford will now be able to move forward with upgrades to our water treatment operation and reduce the cost of water to our citizens. I would like to thank Mr. Harper's government for their assistance and commend them for this positive action to help us to renew our aging infrastructure."

The project consists of upgrading Brantford's water treatment plant by replacing filters, a structurally aging filter building and a clear well. These upgrades will improve water quality, treat ammonia and organic contaminants such as herbicides in the raw water, and will also eliminate the risk of filter breaks and potential contamination from upstream sources.

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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  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Eric Richer
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada