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Municipality of Greenstone

Municipality of Greenstone
Township of Nipigon

Township of Nipigon
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

July 14, 2015 14:30 ET

Greenstone and Nipigon to Receive Funding for Important Wastewater Improvement Projects

Project approved under the Small Communities Fund

GREENSTONE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 14, 2015) - Residents of Greenstone and Nipigon will benefit from important wastewater improvement projects thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Small Communities Fund.

The Municipality of Greenstone will use its funding to support upgrades to the Geraldton Ward Main Street sanitary system, including the construction of a second sanitary trunk sewer to increase hydraulic capacity and new interconnecting manholes at Wardrope Avenue and McKenzie Avenue. These improvements will help increase sewer capacity and reduce the risk of overflow during periods of peak demand, thus improving surface and ground water capacity.

The Township of Nipigon will use its funding for the replacement of the water and sewer mains and associated roadwork. The new advanced water and sewer mains will help improve the efficiency and reliability of the wastewater treatment facility, raise water pressures in elevated areas, and allow for future growth west of town.

The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs. Canada and Ontario will each provide $272 million to support projects in communities across the province with fewer than 100,000 residents. This funding will help address local priorities, supporting job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across Ontario for years to come.

Quick Facts

The Municipality of Greenstone Geraldton Ward Main Street Sewer Upgrade Project:

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $220,733 through the Small Communities Fund for this project.
  • The Province of Ontario will contribute up to $220,733 to this project.
  • The Municipality of Greenstone will be responsible for all remaining costs of this project.

Township of Nipigon Churchill St. Linear Infrastructure Renewal Project

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $268,306 through the Small Communities Fund for this project.
  • The Province of Ontario will contribute up to $268,306 to this project.
  • Township of Nipigon will be responsible for all remaining costs of this project.


"We are pleased to invest in projects like the Geraldton and Nipigon wastewater improvements that will benefit our communities by improving much needed local infrastructure.Our Government's commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan Small Communities Fund we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a strong impact on the quality of life of Ontario's residents while helping job creation and economic growth."

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, Minister of Natural Resources, and Member of Parliament for Kenora

"These investments in upgrades to the Geraldton and Nipigon water and sanitary systems will mean improved water quality for residents, and marine life, for years to come and will help these communities to grow and expand their economies. They are part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history - more than $130 billion over 10 years. Our government is committed to building Northern Ontario up through important community infrastructure projects like these ones."

Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North

"The support from our Federal and Provincial partners in infrastructure projects such as this is important to the health and economic prosperity of our community," said Mayor Renald Beaulieu. "This project will not only improve the health and safety of our residents, but also position Greenstone to benefit from local economic developments through the increased capacity of core infrastructure."

Renald Beaulieu, Mayor of the Municipality of Greenstone

"Infrastructure renewal is one of the greatest challenges being faced by municipalities in Northwestern Ontario Today. With the fiscal realities being faced by small communities it is only through programs like the Small Community Fund that we are able to address these needs. Our appreciation to the Conservative Government of Canada along with the Province for their commitment to infrastructure renewal and specifically the Churchill Street project is heartfelt and sincere."

Richard Harvey, Mayor of the Township of Nipigon

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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

    Andrew Forgione
    Office of the Minister of Economic Development,
    Employment and Infrastructure

    Mark Wright
    Economic Development Officer
    Municipality of Greenstone
    807-854-1100 ext 2033

    Lindsay Mannila
    Township of Nipigon
    807-887-3135 ext 23

    Infrastructure Canada
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

    Brigitte Marleau
    Communications Branch
    Ontario Ministry of Economic Development,
    Employment and Infrastructure