Government of Ontario assistance to Walkerton recovery tops $29 million

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Government of Ontario assistance to Walkerton recovery tops $29 million

WALKERTON, ON, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - Continuing to deliver on its commitment to help the people of Walkerton, the Ontario government is providing a further $7.94 million to the Municipality of Brockton to support local economic development, important infrastructure improvements and other municipal costs.
Minister of Economic Development and Trade Bob Runciman along with Bruce- Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch presented a cheque today to Brockton Mayor David Thomson on behalf of the provincial government. The government's contribution helps on two fronts: the community can implement its new economic development plan and now has the resources to cover costs of restoring its water supply system.
"The Brockton Economic Development Committee is ready to move ahead with its new economic development plan," said Runciman. "This will help the community help itself by building up its economic base and benefiting from new opportunities."
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Chris Hodgson said, "The province is continuing to help Walkerton with the extraordinary costs it faced because of the contamination of its water supply. Our government pledged that local taxpayers would not get stuck with all the bills."

Today's announcement includes:

- $2.6 million, which will fund the Walkerton Business Recovery Plan,
developed by the local community through the Brockton Economic
Development Committee and endorsed by Brockton Municipal Council. The
community will use the funding for long-term economic development,
including the development of both East Ridge Business Park and Lobie's
Park, and the opening of an economic development office to attract
investment.

- $5.34 million which will cover costs associated with the restoration
of clean water, including well remediation and upgrades, water main
replacement and road restoration.

"The Government of Ontario made a promise to help the people of Walkerton, and it continues to live up to its commitment," said Murdoch.
Brockton Mayor David Thomson is pleased with the government's $29 million contribution to Walkerton's recovery. "The government recognized our needs and has worked to help our community recover and open up new economic opportunities for growth."
The provincial government's overall contribution to the Municipality of Brockton tops $29 million. Previously, the government provided $10.4 million for capital costs to restore a safe drinking water system to the community, $5 million in loans and deferrals which were forgiven, $4.66 million to residents and areas businesses for emergency assistance, and $1 million to the Bruce- Grey Catholic District School Board and the Bluewater District School Board to provide alternate water systems and to bus students during the crisis.

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