Town of Amherstburg, Town of Lakeshore and Township of Pelee to improve local wastewater, water and solid waste infrastructure

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Town of Amherstburg, Town of Lakeshore and Township of Pelee to improve local wastewater, water and solid waste infrastructure

Canada and Ontario invest in infrastructure renewal AMHERSTBURG, 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 provinces and municipalities to get things done. These projects are about more than just roads or bridges. They are about building these communities," said Jeff Watson, MP for Essex. "These system improvements will really help our industrial investment strategies in this region." "The McGuinty government is improving essential infrastructure in our small urban and rural communities like Amherstburg, Lakeshore and Pelee," said Bruce Crozier, MPP for Essex. "We know that Ontario's success depends on strengthening communities, improving our prosperity and providing a high quality of life." 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 $5,310,642 to upgrade the Amherstburg Pollution Control Plant. The Town of Amherstburg will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $15,931,925. Work will include upgrading the water treatment level from primary to secondary and replacing the chlorine disinfection process with ultraviolet (UV) treatment. "Providing secondary treatment at the plant will yield significant environmental benefits, including improved water quality in the Detroit River," said Wayne Hurst, Mayor of the Town of Amherstburg. The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $5,110,060 to replace the Lakeshore Water Treatment Plant. The Town of Lakeshore will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $15,330,180. The project will involve construction of a new water treatment plant complete with backwash treatment, a new reservoir, solids contact up- flow clarifiers with tube settlers, dual media sand filtration and UV/chlorine gas disinfection. "This project represents an important step in our municipality's efforts to protect source water quality," said Bob Croft, Mayor of the Town of Lakeshore. The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $303,801 to implement a Waste Management Program for the Pelee Island Landfill. The Township of Pelee will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $911,402. The project will include implementing a recycling and composting program on the island, which will reduce the total quantity of waste sent to landfill and improve solid waste management practices. "This project will provide a sustainable long-term waste management solution for the island, protect community health and help us reach our environmental objectives," said Bill Krestel, Mayor of the Township of Pelee. 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: Amherstburg 13831 Lakeshore 13378 Pelee 13954 Ce communiqué est aussi disponible en français.For further information: Wayne Hurst, Mayor of the Town of Amherstburg, (519) 736-0012; Bob Croft, Mayor of the Town of Lakeshore, (519) 728-2700; Bill Krestel, Mayor of the Township of Pelee, (519) 724-2931; 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