Investing in local water and wastewater systems is key to improving people’s quality of life, protecting waterways and positioning communities for growth.
Today, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Provincial Secretary Todd Goudy, on behalf of Government Relations Minister and Minister Responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Lori Carr, announced funding for two water and wastewater projects serving nine communities in Northern Saskatchewan, while 11 other infrastructure projects across the province were highlighted.
Residents of Creighton, Cumberland House, Denare Beach, Green Lake, Île-à-la-Crosse, Michel Village, Buffalo Narrows, Timber Bay, and Weyakwin will soon benefit from new or upgraded drinking water and wastewater systems that will increase service reliability and provide high-quality drinking water to an increased number of households and businesses.
The funding will also support a variety of water, wastewater, waste management and road infrastructure projects in Langenburg, Kerrobert, Francis, Waldheim, and the Rural Municipality of Foam Lake, Duck Lake, Battleford, Shaunavon, Rural Municipality of Browning, Drake and Highway 55 Waste Management Corporation.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $17.6 million and the Government of Saskatchewan is investing more than $16.8 million toward these projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan. Together with recipient contributions this represents an investment of more than $50 million. Funding recipients are responsible for the remaining project costs.
“Modern efficient water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to maintain a healthy environment and ensure a high quality of life for Canadians,” said Wilkinson. “These investments in Saskatchewan will help close the gaps in services and ensure everyone has access to clean drinking water, reliable services and cleaner waterways for years to come.”
“The Government of Saskatchewan’s $16.8 million investment in these projects will ensure they move from concept to reality, strengthening our province’s northern communities and also improving the quality of life for residents across the province,” Goudy said. “These significant investments display our government’s commitment to providing high quality services to the people of Northern Saskatchewan.”