Today, the Governments of Canada and Manitoba announced that three northern Manitoba communities will benefit from the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund, making it the seventh funding announcement under the Small Communities Fund in the Province of Manitoba.
The Small Communities Fund is part of the $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. It will provide $1 billion to municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs.
With the funding announced today, Ralls Island, in the Rural Municipality of Kelsey, will add approximately 250 connections to the existing water distribution system; the Community of Sherridon will more than triple its water treatment plant capacity by adding two parallel filtration systems; and Wabowden will add a third cell to its existing wastewater lagoon system to address a shortage of hydraulic capacity.
These projects will help these small northern Manitoba communities improve their water and wastewater infrastructure. When completed, the systems will better meet the needs of their residents today and into the future.
The three projects announced today are the last in a series of 26 projects recently announced across the province that will benefit from funding from the Governments of Canada and Manitoba under the Small Communities Fund. Including the previously announced projects in the Interlake region, the southwest region, the southeast region, the south central and north central regions, the Parkland region, as well as the Rural Municipality of East St. Paul, the Government of Canada is contributing close to $16 million in funding while the Province of Manitoba is contributing close to $17 million.
- The Government of Canada will provide up to $1.98 million through the Small Communities Fund for the three northern region projects.
- The Province of Manitoba will contribute $2.98 million to the three projects.
- The Rural Municipality of Kelsey will contribute $980,000 to the Ralls Island water distribution system expansion project.
- The total eligible cost of the three projects is $5.94 million.
“Our Government’s support for public infrastructure in municipalities across Canada, big and small, has never been stronger. We are pleased that our hard work with our partners in Manitoba has resulted in funding being announced for 26 projects covering every region of rural and northern Manitoba. These priority infrastructure projects will go a long way in helping achieve our objectives of creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada.”
– The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
“The Rural Municipality of Kelsey is thrilled with the announcement of funding for the rural water pipeline to the Ralls Island area. This project will provide safe drinking water to a significant amount of RM of Kelsey residents, as well as First Nations residents.”
– Rod Berezowecki, Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Kelsey
“The AMM is very pleased to be on selection committee which made recommendations for the Small Communities Fund. This announcement will allow municipalities to move forward in addressing their infrastructure needs.”
– Doug Dobrowolski, President of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM)
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