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November 24, 2014 13:30 ET

Infrastructure Projects in Manitoba's Northern Region to Receive Joint Government Funding

Ralls Island, Sherridon and Wabowden to benefit from New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Nov. 24, 2014) - Today, the Governments of Canada and Manitoba announced that three northern Manitoba communities will benefit from the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund, making it the seventh funding announcement under the Small Communities Fund in the Province of Manitoba.

The Small Communities Fund is part of the $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. It will provide $1 billion to municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs.

With the funding announced today, Ralls Island, in the Rural Municipality of Kelsey, will add approximately 250 connections to the existing water distribution system; the Community of Sherridon will more than triple its water treatment plant capacity by adding two parallel filtration systems; and Wabowden will add a third cell to its existing wastewater lagoon system to address a shortage of hydraulic capacity.

These projects will help these small northern Manitoba communities improve their water and wastewater infrastructure. When completed, the systems will better meet the needs of their residents today and into the future.

The three projects announced today are the last in a series of 26 projects recently announced across the province that will benefit from funding from the Governments of Canada and Manitoba under the Small Communities Fund. Including the previously announced projects in the Interlake region, the southwest region, the southeast region, the south central and north central regions, the Parkland region, as well as the Rural Municipality of East St. Paul, the Government of Canada is contributing close to $16 million in funding while the Province of Manitoba is contributing close to $17 million.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $1.98 million through the Small Communities Fund for the three northern region projects.
  • The Province of Manitoba will contribute $2.98 million to the three projects.
  • The Rural Municipality of Kelsey will contribute $980,000 to the Ralls Island water distribution system expansion project.
  • The total eligible cost of the three projects is $5.94 million.

Quotes

"Our Government's support for public infrastructure in municipalities across Canada, big and small, has never been stronger. We are pleased that our hard work with our partners in Manitoba has resulted in funding being announced for 26 projects covering every region of rural and northern Manitoba. These priority infrastructure projects will go a long way in helping achieve our objectives of creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada."

The Honourable Shelly Glover

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Rural Municipality of Kelsey is thrilled with the announcement of funding for the rural water pipeline to the Ralls Island area. This project will provide safe drinking water to a significant amount of RM of Kelsey residents, as well as First Nations residents."

Rod Berezowecki

Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Kelsey

"The AMM is very pleased to be on selection committee which made recommendations for the Small Communities Fund. This announcement will allow municipalities to move forward in addressing their infrastructure needs."

Doug Dobrowolski

President of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM)

Associated Links

Infrastructure Projects in Manitoba's Interlake Region to Receive Joint Government Funding

Drinking Water Infrastructure Project in East St. Paul to Receive Joint Government Funding

Infrastructure Projects in Manitoba's Southwest Region to Receive Joint Government Funding

Infrastructure Projects in Manitoba's North Central and South Central Regions to Receive Joint Government Funding

Infrastructure Projects in Manitoba's Southeast Region to Receive Joint Government Funding

Infrastructure Projects in Manitoba's Parkland Region to Receive Joint Government Funding

Follow the link to learn more about the Small Communities Fund.

Follow the links for additional information on the New Building Canada Plan and the benefits it provides to Manitoba.

To learn more about Manitoba's infrastructure projects, please visit www.infrastructure.mb.ca.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan.

Backgrounder

The Governments of Canada and Manitoba are announcing funding for the following three projects in the Northern Region of Manitoba under the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund.

Drinking Water Infrastructure

Ralls Island Waterline Expansion

This project will expand the waterlines from the existing system to provide drinking water to the residents of Ralls Island, thereby adding approximately 250 connections to the existing infrastructure. The total eligible cost of this project is $2,940,000, with each level of government contributing $980,000.

Sherridon Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

This project will add two parallel water filtration processes that will close to triple the water treatment plant's capacity. The total eligible cost of this project is $1,400,000, with the Government of Canada contributing $466,666 and the Government of Manitoba contributing $933,334.

Wastewater Infrastructure

Wabowden Lagoon Expansion

This project will add a cell to the current lagoon that services Wabowden, to address a shortage of hydraulic capacity. The total eligible cost of this project is $1,600,000, with the Government of Canada contributing $533,333 and the Government of Manitoba contributing $1,066,667.

Previously announced projects under the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund

The Government of Canada has committed a total of $15,969,222 for 26 projects announced under the Small Communities Fund since October 16, 2014. The Province of Manitoba has committed a total of $16,969,224 for the 26 projects. The total eligible cost of the 26 projects is $47,907,674.

Here are some details from the 23 other Small Communities Fund Projects in Manitoba that have been announced previously.

Interlake Region

Drinking Water Infrastructure

  • Arborg Watermain and Meter Renewal

Wastewater Infrastructure

  • St. Andrews Wastewater Collection Project - Phase 1
  • Beausejour Lagoon Expansion and Chemical Treatment Addition
  • Winnipeg Beach Lagoon Upgrade
  • Stonewall Lagoon Wetland for Effluent Treatment

East St. Paul

Drinking Water Infrastructure

  • East St. Paul Water Reservoir Expansion Project

Southwest Region

Drinking Water Infrastructure

  • Expansion of rural waterlines in the Rural Municipality of Elton
  • Upgrade of the Town of Deloraine's water plant

South Central and North Central Regions

Drinking Water Infrastructure

  • Treherne Waterline Renewal - Phase 1 and 2: Critical areas
  • Stephenfield Regional Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

Wastewater Infrastructure

  • Oakville Lagoon Expansion
  • Plum Coulee Sewer Relining

Southeast Region

Drinking Water Infrastructure

  • Steinbach Underground Infrastructure Renewal, Phase 1: Elmdale
  • Ritchot Drinking Water Infrastructure Upgrade

Wastewater Infrastructure

  • La Broquerie Lagoon Expansion
  • Springfield Road Sewage Lift Station and Forcemain Upgrade
  • Ste. Anne Wastewater Lift Station

Solid Waste Management Infrastructure

  • Piney Recycling Depots

Parkland Region

Drinking Water Infrastructure

  • Expansion of the Yellowhead Regional Rural Water System

Wastewater Infrastructure

  • Minitonas Lagoon Expansion
  • Hamiota 7th Street Sewer Line Renewal
  • Neepawa New Trunk Sewer
  • Swan River (Hayes Street) Pump Station Upgrade & Expansion

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

    Lynne Bereza
    Communications Coordinator
    Association of Manitoba Municipalities
    204-856-2366

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca
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