Economic Action Plan

February 24, 2011 14:30 ET

Governments Celebrate Significant Progress Made on the Chilliwack Sewer System Project

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CHILLIWACK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2011) - Residents of Chilliwack will soon benefit from major sewer upgrades worth $3.8 million in joint federal, provincial and municipal funding. The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, was in Chilliwack today to tour the construction, and celebrate the significant progress made on the Chilliwack sewer system upgrade project.

"These upgrades to the Chilliwack sewer system will improve the quality of the groundwater in the area, help to ensure the health of residents in the community, and create local jobs," said Minister Strahl. "The Government of Canada is supporting communities across Canada, creating jobs, and protecting the environment. This project is another example of the important investments we are making under the Economic Action Plan to achieve these goals."

"These investments are part of the Province's $14-billion capital infrastructure program, which is anticipated to generate more than 80,000 jobs and help address community priorities across British Columbia," said B.C. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Stephanie Cadieux. "By partnering across all levels of government, we're making projects like this possible that might otherwise have been out of reach. And we're making B.C. stronger in the process."

"We are pleased we were able to provide sewer service to more properties than originally planned and complete the project on time," said Mayor Sharon Gaetz. "The City of Chilliwack is thankful to have such generous financial support from the Government of Canada and the Government of B.C."

The Stevenson/South Sumas/Tyson Sanitary Sewers Phase 1 project will provide sewage service to 442 properties in the Sardis Community, connecting them to the City of Chilliwack's sewer system. This will eliminate public health concerns created by malfunctioning septic systems, protect the groundwater quality in the project area, reduce greenhouse gas emissions through less trucking, increase the reliability of service for residents, and create local construction opportunities.

The federal government is providing $1.26 million, or one-third of eligible project costs, through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The governments of British Columbia and Chilliwack are providing the remaining two thirds.

The Government of Canada is committed to stimulating the economy through the creation of jobs. As part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund has provided funding to close to 4,000 infrastructure projects across the country.

Since March 2009, more than 400 projects have received a total federal investment of over $500 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund across British Columbia.

For further information on the Government of Canada's infrastructure investments in British Columbia, visit

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    John Babcock
    Ministry of Community,
    Sport and Cultural Development
    Jeff Rud
    Infrastructure Canada
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    Sharon Gaetz
    Mayor of Chilliwack