N.L. gov­ern­ment an­nounces $10.6M for mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture projects

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - News -

Forty-eight com­mu­ni­ties in New­found­land and Labrador will see im­prove­ments to their in­fra­struc­ture this year as part of a $10.6-mil­lion in­vest­ment by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment through its three-year Mu­nic­i­pal Cap­i­tal Works pro­gram.

Premier Dwight Ball made the an­nounce­ment on Wednes­day, March 21, along with Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Ed­die Joyce, Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador pres­i­dent Tony Keats and Heavy Civil As­so­ci­a­tion of New­found­land and Labrador ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Jim Or­gan.

The projects – which in­clude wa­ter and waste­water sys­tems, roads, and com­mu­nity- ori­ented in­fra­struc­ture – will be cost-shared with the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties kick­ing in over $4 mil­lion in fund­ing, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Ball also an­nounced $18.8 mil­lion in pro­vin­cial fund­ing is be­ing com­mit­ted to lever­age an ad­di­tional $12.7 mil­lion in fed­eral fund­ing un­der the multi-year Small Com­mu­ni­ties Fund of the New Build­ing Canada Fund.

As well, the re­lease stated the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to work with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment on the de­tails of the sec­ond phase of the In­vest­ing in Canada Plan.

Some $555.9 mil­lion over 10 years has been al­lo­cated to New­found­land and Labrador for cost-shared projects un­der that pro­gram.

“The sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture an­nounced to­day will pro­vide a bet­ter qual­ity of life for res­i­dents,” Ball said.

“These projects will cre­ate jobs, in­crease tourism, and build on our eco­nomic foun­da­tion. Through these in­vest­ments, we are cre­at­ing in­cen­tives for peo­ple live in, and visit the beau­ti­ful and unique com­mu­ni­ties of New­found­land and Labrador.”

J. R. ROY / SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

The Burnt Is­lands cause­way is sched­uled to re­ceive $145,000 in up­grades, with half of the costs be­ing funded by the prov­ince and half by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

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