Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

February 20, 2008 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Clean Water in Sundridge

SUNDRIDGE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, Minister for FedNor and MP for Parry Sound - Muskoka, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the Government of Canada will consider upgrades to sewage treatment lagoons in Sundridge as a priority for up to $370,000 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 $1,110,000.

"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 Minister Clement. "Supporting upgrades to sewage treatment lagoons is one of the ways we will deliver results in this priority area."

"We welcome and appreciate this important investment and support from the Government of Canada," said Mayor Elgin Schneider. "The people and families living in and around Sundridge will share in the benefits of this clean water project for years to come."

The project involves construction of a third lagoon cell at the sewage treatment lagoon facility. This upgrade will improve the wastewater quality and the overall capabilities of the facility.

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 Hon. Tony Clement
    Erik Waddell
    Infrastructure Canada