Investments in infrastructure benefit the Municipality of North Perth and the County of Perth

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Investments in infrastructure benefit the Municipality of North Perth and the County of Perth

Ministry of Infrastructure

LISTOWEL, ON, Sept. 28 - Residents of the Municipality of North Perth and the County of Perth will benefit from improved infrastructure through investments under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program (COIP). Paul Steckle, MP for Huron-Bruce; John Wilkinson, MPP for Perth-Middlesex; and Ed Hollinger, Mayor of the Municipality of North Perth and Warden of the County of Perth, made the announcement today. "It is vital that our communities have safe and reliable infrastructure networks in place," said Mr. Steckle. "I am pleased that, through COIP, funding could be provided for these important and essential infrastructure renewal projects in the Municipality of North Perth and the County of Perth." The Government of Canada's funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework, added Mr. Steckle. "Upgrading essential infrastructure is very important to Ontario's rural communities," said Mr. Wilkinson. "By upgrading well supplies in North Perth and replacing the Carthage Bridge in the County of Perth, we are improving community safety, which is vital to the future success of rural Ontario." "Maintaining our infrastructure continues to be a priority in our communities and we want to ensure the safety of all our residents," said Mr. Hollinger. "I would like to thank the federal and provincial governments for their cooperation and financial support for these projects." The Municipality of North Perth will upgrade four well supplies, which will improve the drinking water quality for 3,000 households. As part of the project, the Gowanstown and Listowel well supplies will be upgraded, and the Bowman Court and Smith Subdivision well supplies will be decommissioned and the affected households will be connected to the Danbrook Water System. The upgrades are required to bring the municipal water system into compliance with the Ontario Drinking Water Systems Regulation and improve the quality of life for residents in the Municipality of North Perth. "Green" municipal infrastructure is a top priority for the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program. The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario will each contribute up to $654,709 to this project. The Municipality of North Perth will invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost of $1,964,127. The County of Perth has replaced Carthage Bridge along County Road 131 with a concrete rigid frame structure. As a result of an increase in eligible project costs for replacing the Carthage Bridge in the County of Perth, the governments of Canada and Ontario will each contribute up to $136,222 to the project. This represents a total increase of $54,534 from the initial joint investment of $217,910 announced on February 1, 2002. The County of Perth will invest the balance of the project's total eligible cost. The total federal-provincial investment being announced today is up to $1,363,952. These projects are part of a series of matching federal and provincial investments to help municipalities protect the health and safety of their residents through essential infrastructure projects, totalling almost $1.3 billion to date in Ontario. A large number of these projects will ensure municipalities can supply residents with clean, safe drinking water. For more information visit: www.ic.gc.ca/coip-pico or www.pir.gov.on.ca Project Reference Numbers: Municipality of North Perth: (519) 721-6290 County of Perth: (519) 384-6074 Ce communiqué est aussi disponible en français.For further information: Ed Hollinger, Mayor of the Municipality of North Perth and Warden of the County of Perth, (519) 271-0531; Peggy Stewart, Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4827; Kerri Dunning, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0457