County of Huron to improve local solid waste management systems

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County of Huron to improve local solid waste management systems

Canada's New Government and the Government of Ontario invest in infrastructure renewal GODERICH, ON, Jan. 10 - Canada's New Government and the Government of Ontario today announced funding under Intake Three of the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) to expand the Mid-Huron Transfer Station and develop a household hazardous waste depot in the County of Huron. The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $66,000 in the local solid waste management projects. The County of Huron will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $198,000. The Government of Canada's contribution is contingent on the successful completion of an environmental assessment of the proposed project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. "Through this infrastructure investment, Canada's New Government is working with our partners to build a healthier environment for residents of the County of Huron," said Tony Clement, Minister of Health and federal minister responsible for COMRIF. "This project is an excellent example of how all orders of government can work together to respond to the unique needs of our communities." "The McGuinty government is committed to renewing essential infrastructure in Ontario's small urban and rural communities," said Carol Mitchell, MPP for Huron-Bruce. "Today we are showing leadership on solid waste management by working with our municipal partners to ensure healthier communities and a cleaner environment." "We are very pleased to receive this investment from the federal and provincial governments, and would like to thank all those who helped make this application a success," said Delbert Shewfelt, Warden of the County of Huron. This project is part of a total federal-provincial investment announced today of $93 million in 72 communities under Intake Three of COMRIF. Together with municipal contributions, the total COMRIF Intake Three investment in local infrastructure improvements exceeds $139 million. These investments will provide small urban and rural municipalities with the support they need to renew essential infrastructure in their communities. Under the five-year, $900-million COMRIF program, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working together with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and local partners to enhance and renew Ontario's public infrastructure, improve the quality of the environment, protect the health and safety of citizens, support long-term economic growth and build prosperous, sustainable communities by giving municipalities the tools they need. This also includes the recently launched Asset Management Program component, which helps eligible municipalities and Local Services Boards improve and increase their capacity to manage their infrastructure. In Budget 2006, Canada's New Government announced an unprecedented $16.5 billion in funding for infrastructure, including $6.6 billion in new investment for infrastructure programs. The Government recognizes the importance of infrastructure in Canada's success. Consultations with a wide range of governments, including Ontario, and stakeholders, including the AMO, took place over the summer and fall of 2006. Canada's New Government is currently developing its long-term plan for infrastructure programs. For more information on the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, please visit www.comrif.ca. Project Reference Number: 16662 Ce communiqué est aussi disponible en français.For further information: Delbert J. Shewfelt, Warden of the County of Huron, (519) 524-8394; Brent Ross, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, (416) 326-9342; Linda Hann, 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