Funding Dollars Announced for Bridgetown and Middleton Wastewater Treatment

Government of Canada announces important wastewater improvements in Bridgetown and Middleton
Projects made possible by the New Building Canada Plan

June 23, 2015 – Annapolis County, Nova Scotia – Infrastructure Canada

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, 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, today announced federal funding of $791,527 for wastewater infrastructure improvements in Bridgetown and Middleton through the Small Communities Fund. Mr. Kerr was joined by the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, Reg Ritchie, Warden for the Municipality of the County of Annapolis, and Calvin Eddy, Mayor of Middleton.

The Bridgetown project involves separating approximately 900 metres of combined storm and sanitary sewer along Centennial Drive that services 40 households. By taking this step to renew the storm drainage system, Bridgetown is helping ensure that residents benefit from improved wastewater collection and treatment services for years to come.

Middleton will use their funding to replace 610 metres of deteriorated sanitary sewer main and associated lateral pipes on Main Street. Renewing these lines will improve sanitary sewer services for 42 households. Once completed, the project will make wastewater treatment systems in the area more efficient and reduce the potential for overflows.

The projects announced today are among 16 projects approved for more than $22 million in joint funding under the Small Communities Fund in Nova Scotia. These projects represent important investments in the drinking water and wastewater infrastructure that maintains safe, healthy communities. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development for years to come.

The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs across the country. Canada and Nova Scotia will each provide $42,649,416 to support projects in Nova Scotia communities with fewer than 100,000 residents over the course of the funding program. This will help address local infrastructure priorities and boost economies in small communities throughout the province well into the future.

Quick Facts

Bridgetown project
• The Government of Canada will contribute up to one third of the total eligible project costs of $1,353,271, to a maximum of $451,090, under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund.
• The Government of Nova Scotia will also contribute one third of the project costs up to $451,090.
• The Municipality of the County of Annapolis will be responsible for the remaining project costs.

Middleton project
• The Government of Canada will contribute up to one third of the total eligible project costs of $1,021,312, to a maximum of $340,437, under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund.
• The Government of Nova Scotia will also contribute one third of the project costs up to $340,437.
• The Town of Middleton will be responsible for the remaining project costs.

Small Communities Fund in Nova Scotia
• For the 16 projects altogether, the Government of Canada is providing up to one third of the total eligible costs to a maximum federal contribution of $7,542,215.
• The Province of Nova Scotia will contribute up to $7,542,215 to these projects.
• Nova Scotia communities will be responsible for the remaining costs of the 16 projects.

Quotes:

“Our Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, understands that by building stronger communities and modernizing and developing our infrastructure, we are creating jobs and opportunities and building a better Canada for future generations. The Small Communities Fund of the New Building Canada Fund supports economic growth from coast to coast to coast while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best in the world to live.”

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, 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

“We recognize the economic and social value of supporting municipalities that invest in quality infrastructure for their citizens. We will continue to work collaboratively with our federal and municipal colleagues to make improvements to key infrastructure such as water and wastewater systems, helping us build stronger communities across Nova Scotia.”

The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia

“The Centennial Drive sewer separation is a significant investment towards aging infrastructure and stabilizing costs on a go-forward basis. Municipal Council has historically provided services where both the need and the interest were apparent and the completion of this project is a wonderful example of this. It is the good relations between the Government of Canada, the Government of Nova Scotia and municipalities, like ours, that allow for these positive initiatives to happen.”

Reg Ritchie, Warden for the Municipality of the County of Annapolis

“The Small Communities Fund agreement is a valued program for communities across Canada wishing to upgrade and improve local infrastructure. The Town of Middleton is pleased to be a recipient of funding under this program as it allows us to do much needed infrastructure work in the downtown area.”

Calvin Eddy, Mayor of Middleton

Associated Links:

To learn more about the Small Communities Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada’s Economic Action Plan at http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html.

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Contacts:

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

Lori Errington
Media Relations Advisor
Province of Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-424-6792
Lori.Errington@novascotia.ca

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