Cornwall breaks ground on water improvement project
The City of Cornwall recently held an official ceremony to break ground for the installation of watermains under Tollgate Road West. Guy Lauzon, MP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry; Jim Brownell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas- South Glengarry; and Bob Kilger, Mayor of the City of Cornwall, are pleased to see this important infrastructure project get underway.
This project will involve the construction of a watermain under Tollgate Road West to provide municipal water services to 28 households, a small commercial operation and a former public school building. The governments of Canada and Ontario have each committed up to $ 285,000 to the project. The City of Cornwall and benefitting landowners will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $ 855,000.
“ Every community deserves a reliable source of potable water,” said MP Lauzon. “ These improvements to Cornwall's water infrastructure will help bring a safe, dependable water supply to the city’s last residential area relying on wells.”
“ This investment will ensure that the residents of Cornwall have safe, clean drinking water every time they turn on their taps,” said MPP Brownell. “ Projects like this one help to build strong communities, a strong economy and a healthy environment in Ontario.”
“ We are grateful to the federal and provincial governments for their investments in our local infrastructure projects,” said Mayor Kilger. “ The new watermain will strengthen the water distribution net- work and provide residents of Tollgate Road and Mohawk Drive with clean drinking water and improved fire protection.”
This project is one of 290 across the province that will break ground thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of over $ 685 million under the first intake of the Building Canada Fund Communities Component. Together with funded applicant contributions, the total investment in local infrastructure improvements in Ontario exceeds $ 1 billion. During these challenging economic times the governments of Canada and Ontario have taken steps to get shovels in the ground and money to targeted infrastructure projects faster, to take advantage of the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.
For further information on community infrastructure, please visit www. bcfontario. ca.