In­fra­struc­ture fund­ing for wa­ter, tran­sit projects an­nounced in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

In­ter­est was high for a joint fed­eral and pro­vin­cial fund­ing an­nounce­ment in Bay Roberts Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

A new bi­lat­eral agree­ment will make in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing avail­able to shovel-ready projects across the prov­ince. It makes more than $150 mil­lion in com­bined fund­ing avail­able to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in this prov­ince to sup­port wa­ter and waste­water, as well as pub­lic tran­sit in­fra­struc­ture projects.

The fed­eral govern­ment is pro­vid­ing $75 mil­lion and the prov­ince $44 mil­lion, with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties on the hook for the re­main­ing $31 mil­lion.

While the pub­lic tran­sit por­tion of the fund­ing doesn’t di­rectly ap­ply to the Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion-Pla­cen­tia re­gion, there are plenty of com­mu­ni­ties who will reap the ben­e­fits of the waste­water fund­ing. To be ex­act, 13 will re­ceive a por­tion of the $140 mil­lion be­ing made avail­able for wa­ter and sewer sys­tem im­prove­ments.

The com­mu­ni­ties re­ceiv­ing fund­ing are from all cor­ners of the re­gion. The towns in­clude Bay Roberts, Dildo, Fresh­wa­ter, Bay de Verde, Car­bon­ear, Clarke’s Beach, Heart’s Con­tent, New Per­li­can, Old Per­li­can, Pla­cen­tia, South River, Spa­niard’s Bay and Vic­to­ria.

Of the fed­eral money an­nounced, th­ese com­mu­ni­ties are get­ting just over $6.9 mil­lion of the avail­able money. Ad­di­tional fund­ing comes from the pro­vin­cial govern­ment and the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties them­selves.

It’ll go into projects for wa­ter sup­ply up­grades, sewer ex­pan­sions, lift sta­tion up­grades and wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion up­grades, amongst other projects.

“This agree­ment will al­low com­mu­ni­ties across New­found­land and Labrador to grow and pros­per by pro­vid­ing them with funds to help ad­dress their spe­cific pri­or­i­ties,” said Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment Judy Foote. “It is only when agree­ments like th­ese are signed that money can flow.”

She was there on be­half of Amar­jeet Sohi, the min­is­ter of in­fra­struc­ture and com­mu­ni­ties.

New­found­land and Labrador Pre­mier Dwight Ball was on hand for the sign­ing of the agree­ment. He said the prov­ince’s share of the fund­ing is “part of our com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing safe, re­li­able drink­ing wa­ter to res­i­dents and prop­erly man­ag­ing waste­water and storm wa­ter sys­tems.”

“This is a part of to­day’s im­por­tant joint an­nounce­ment that fur­ther demon­strates what can be achieved when fed­eral, pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments work to­gether to im­prove the lives of our peo­ple and their com­mu­ni­ties,” said Ball.

The fund­ing an­nounce­ment was good news for Pla­cen­tia Mayor Wayne Power Jr. He said the money will go to­wards the re­gion­al­iza­tion of the town’s wa­ter sup­ply and sewer sys­tem up­grades.

“We’re very pleased with (the an­nounce­ment),” said Power. “It’s go­ing to be a great ad­vance­ment for our pri­or­ity plans and cap­i­tal works.”


Fed­eral Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment Judy Foote (left) and New­found­land and Labrador Pre­mier Dwight Ball signed an agree­ment for wa­ter and tran­sit in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing at the Bay Roberts Ho­tel Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.