Town of Englehart to improve local water and wastewater systems

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Town of Englehart to improve local water and wastewater systems

Canada's New Government and the Government of Ontario invest in infrastructure renewal ENGLEHART, 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 replace the water and sewer systems in the Town of Englehart. The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $329,667 in the local water and wastewater projects. The Town of Englehart will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $989,000. 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. "Canada's New Government is working together with other orders of government to ensure that communities have safe and reliable infrastructure in place," said Tony Clement, Minister of Health and federal minister responsible for COMRIF. "With this investment, residents in the Town of Englehart can have continued reassurance in the quality of their drinking water each and every time they turn on their taps." "Renewing essential infrastructure is important to Ontario's rural and northern communities," said David Ramsay, MPP for Timiskaming-Cochrane. "By replacing the water and wastewater systems in Englehart, the McGuinty government is helping to ensure the prosperity of Northern Ontario." "This water and sewer replacement project will contribute to an improved system for our community, and we are grateful for the investments from the federal and provincial governments," said Nina Wallace, Mayor of the Town of Englehart. 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. A listing of funded projects is available in the COMRIF backgrounder. For more information on the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, please visit www.comrif.ca. Project Reference Number: 15246 Ce communiqué est aussi disponible en français.For further information: Nina Wallace, Mayor of the Town of Englehart, (705) 544-2244; 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