More water and wastewater funding for Labrador
A number of communities in Labrador recently received funding for water and wastewater infrastructure under the federal Small Communities Fund.
Just over $4 million was dispersed to five communities under the Small Communities Fund, in a tripartite partnership with the federal government kicking in $1,352,145, the province offering $2,124,749 and municipalities contributing $664,961.
“The government of Canada laid out an historic plan in Budget 2016 to invest more than $120 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years,” said Labrador MP Yvonne Jones. “These investments help communities grow and provide vital services to citizens. With a renewed focus on the north and Indigenous communities these investments will help meet the needs of today and the potential of our future here in Labrador.”
The monies will support programs in Rigolet, Hopedale, Cartwright, Wabush and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The government announced $11,913,506 for 77 projects across the country through the Small Communities Fund.
Labrador West MHA Graham Letto said addressing the Waste Water Regulations will be an important part of municipal capital works in the future that will require the cooperation of all three levels of government.
“This allocation for the Town of Wabush is a very important step toward reducing the amount of untreated waste water that is now entering our pristine waters,” Letto said.
Wabush got just under a million for wastewater treatment, with the feds putting in $332,472, the province kicking in $565,293 and the town contributing $99,752.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay received more than $620,000 for water collection and distribution, which Lake Melville MHA Perry Trimper said speaks to the importance of partnerships.
“Infrastructure investment, particularly as it relates to the provision of drinking water and handling of waste and storm water, is essential for the integrity of our communities. These federal, provincial and municipal investments recognize this fact and underline the importance of partnerships to support sustainable growth,” Trimper said.
Rigolet got $749,000 under the agreement for wastewater work, and Cartwright $568,530 and Hopedale received $548,635. Under this program, the province will contribute up to $17,451,414 for 77 projects and municipalities will contribute the remaining funding, to the tune of $39,224,560. The remainder will be paid by the federal government.