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Government of Nova Scotia

July 28, 2015 15:05 ET

Government of Canada Supports New Water Tower for Debert

Project made possible thanks to New Building Canada Plan

DEBERT, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - July 28, 2015) - Infrastructure Canada

Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit, 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, was joined today by Karen Casey, Nova Scotia Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Colchester North, and Bob Taylor, Mayor of the Municipality of the County of Colchester, to announce federal funding of up to $1,350,504 for the Debert Water Tower Replacement project under the New Building Canada Plan in Nova Scotia.

The project involves constructing a new drinking water tower to replace Debert's main water tower and updating the aging water control system. The community's existing water storage infrastructure does not meet existing and long-term water storage needs for businesses and residents in the area. It is also structurally un-sound and subject to leakage.

Once complete, the project will allow the Municipality of the County of Colchester to meet its water reservoir requirements for the community, as well as provincial water quality monitoring requirements. For residents and businesses, the project will ensure they have access to an adequate supply of high-quality drinking water.

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 one third of the total eligible costs ($4,051,511), to a maximum $1,350,004, 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 $1,350,504.
  • The Municipality of the County of Colchester 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

"With the New Building Canada Fund, our Government's support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. We are pleased to work with the Government of Nova Scotia to approve projects under the New Building Canada Fund. Investing in the Debert Water Tower Replacement project will ensure that infrastructure funding continues to flow as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada."

Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit, 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 economic and social value of supporting municipalities that invest in quality infrastructure for their citizens. The provincial government's contribution toward the replacement of the water tower and system controls in Debert will help ensure 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."

Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Colchester North

"Debert occupies an important place in economic and business growth in the province and Colchester County. I am very pleased that the federal and provincial governments have agreed to jointly fund up to two thirds of the cost of a major upgrade to the old water system that currently exists in Debert. The project will see a new water tower, a new well, and improved electronics and controls for water distribution in Debert."

Bob Taylor, Mayor of the Municipality of the County of Colchester

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