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Natural Resources Canada

August 07, 2012 10:45 ET

Harper Government Supports Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades

PICTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2012) - Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward-Hastings, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, and Berry Vrbanovic, past-president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and councillor for the City of Kitchener, Ontario, announced today an important investment for the town of Picton.

This $11 million investment through the Green Municipal Fund™ has enabled the Town of Picton to build a new wastewater pumping station and wastewater treatment plant.

"Through the Green Municipal Fund, our Government is supporting energy-efficient projects in municipalities across Canada to help lower costs, save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Minister Oliver. "Our investment, in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, demonstrates our commitment to assist communities like Picton in building a greener future."

"The Harper Government is proud to support Picton as it improves energy efficiency in its wastewater treatment plant and serves as an example to other communities," said MP Kramp. "This new plant will provide a higher level of treatment than the existing plant, improve wastewater quality and allow for more sustainable future development and growth within the Picton area."

The Government of Canada has endowed the FCM with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and the leveraging of both public- and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.

In addition, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have each invested more than $5 million through the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund.

Our Government is taking clear, decisive action on both the economy and the environment. We are addressing the challenges of climate change with an approach that balances our economic prosperity with the need to protect our natural resources.

Our Economic Action Plan renews support for the environment and clean energy economy by providing nearly $870 million over two years to address climate change and air quality. This approach will achieve real emission reductions while maintaining Canada's economic advantage and its ability to create good jobs for Canadians.

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