Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
City of Sault Ste. Marie

City of Sault Ste. Marie
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

July 02, 2015 11:30 ET

Sault Ste. Marie to Receive Funding for Fort Creek Aqueduct Replacement

Project approved under the Small Communities Fund

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 2, 2015) - Residents of Sault Ste. Marie will benefit from the Fort Creek Aqueduct Replacement thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Small Communities Fund.

This project includes the full demolition, reconstruction and reinforcement of aqueducts and channels to contain and control flood waters in high flow events. Construction will also include waterproofing the structure for longevity and full restoration of above ground surface works, thus greatly reducing the risk of flooding and helping to protect the health and well-being of local residents.

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 Government of Canada will provide up to $10,420,000 through the Small Communities Fund for this project.
  • The Province of Ontario will contribute up to $10,420,000 to this project.
  • The City of Sault Ste. Marie will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.

Quotes

"We are pleased to invest in projects like Fort Creek Aqueduct Replacement that will benefit our community 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."

Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, 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

"Our government's investment in the Fort Creek Aqueduct project will benefit local residents by reducing the risk of flooding in and around our community and help to keep people and property safe for years to come. Today's announcement builds on the numerous infrastructure projects we have supported in Sault Ste. Marie that have created jobs and strengthened our city."

The Honourable David Orazietti, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie

"Aqueducts are a critical part of our City's infrastructure. We are pleased to be moving forward with this vital project. Many thanks to MP Hayes and MPP Orazietti as well as our federal and provincial partners for working together with us on this major initiative."

Christian Provenzano, Mayor of the City of Sault Ste. Marie

Associated Links

To learn more about the Government of Canada's infrastructure programs, including the Small Communities Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.

To find out more about Ontario's infrastructure programs, including the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, visit http://www.moi.gov.on.ca/en/infrastructure

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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

    Andrew Forgione
    Office of the Minister of Economic Development,
    Employment and Infrastructure
    416-212-4217

    Mike Ward
    Communications and Policy Advisor
    City of Sault Ste. Marie
    705-759-5427
    m.ward@cityssm.on.ca

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

    Brigitte Marleau
    Communications Branch
    Ontario Ministry of Economic Development,
    Employment and Infrastructure
    416-325-2479