Separated Town of Smiths Falls and County of Lanark to improve local water and bridge infrastructure

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Separated Town of Smiths Falls and County of Lanark to improve local water and bridge infrastructure

Canada and Ontario invest in infrastructure renewal SMITHS FALLS, ON, April 21 - The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and municipal leaders today announced funding under Intake Two of the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) to build strong and sustainable communities. "Canada's new government supports working with the province of Ontario and our local municipal counterparts to get things done. There is a need to make these local improvements, and we are proud to step up and help," said Scott Reid, MP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington. "By investing in these projects, we are investing in the individuals and families that live here." "Upgrading essential infrastructure is very important to Ontario's rural communities," said Leona Dombrowsky, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "By making investments in Smiths Falls and Lanark, the McGuinty government is strengthening rural Ontario, which is vital to the prosperity of our province." The Government of Canada's contributions are contingent on the successful completion of an environmental assessment of the proposed projects under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $6,617,757 to replace the Smiths Falls Water Treatment Plant. The Separated Town of Smiths Falls will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $19,853,271. The project will involve constructing a new treatment plant that will include additional storage to meet current and future standards. "Construction of the new water treatment plant will ensure that residents have continued access to safe drinking water and I am very thankful for the generous contributions from the federal and provincial governments," said Dennis Staples, Mayor of the Separated Town of Smiths Falls. The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $177,570 to replace Deacon Bridge. The County of Lanark will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $532,711. As part of the project, the county will replace the existing bridge and upgrade the approach guiderails to meet current standards. "We welcome our partnership with the federal and provincial governments that helps us bring great news to our residents," said Aubrey Churchill, Warden of the County of Lanark. Under COMRIF, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working together with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and local partners to improve public infrastructure and quality of life for local residents in small urban and rural communities. Intake Two builds on the successful first intake of the COMRIF initiative. As a result of funding provided by the governments of Canada and Ontario under the first and second intakes, infrastructure improvements are being made through 208 projects to make Ontario's communities stronger, healthier and safer. COMRIF is a five-year, $900-million initiative that responds to local needs through infrastructure upgrades to provide clean, safe drinking water, better sewage systems, improved waste management processes, safer local roads and bridges, as well as other health and safety priorities. Green infrastructure is COMRIF's top priority, with 55 per cent of funding for projects involving water quality, sustainable communities, climate change and innovation. COMRIF Intake Three will be launched in spring 2006 through a public announcement and direct contact with eligible municipalities. All Ontario municipalities of fewer than 250,000 people are eligible to apply to COMRIF to improve their local infrastructure. For more information on the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, please visit www.comrif.ca. Project Reference Numbers: Smiths Falls 13981 Lanark 14018 Ce communiqué est aussi disponible en français.For further information: Dennis Staples, Mayor of the Separated Town of Smiths Falls, (613) 283-4124; Aubrey Churchill, Warden of the County of Lanark, (613) 267-4200; Dave McLeod, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, (519) 826-3198; Sam Boonstra, Industry Canada, (416) 952-0468; Chris Flavelle, Senior Communications Advisor, Office of the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, (416) 326-3072; Erik Waddell, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 957-0200