Virden, Manitoba - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon- Souris, and Drew Caldwell, Minister of Municipal Government for Manitoba, were joined today by Jeff McConnell, Mayor of the Town of Virden, to announce funding of up to $8 million for the second phase of construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Virden, Manitoba under the New Building Canada Plan.
The project involves the design and construction of a secondary wastewater treatment plant to replace the former facility, which had exceeded its useful life and had not been operational since 2012.
The new plant will improve the level of wastewater effluent prior to being discharged into Gopher Creek. It will protect and enhance the local community, as well as those located downstream. It will also allow the Town to meet provincial wastewater treatment standards and the federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations.
The New Building Canada Plan is the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canada's history.
This unprecedented commitment is providing $53 billion to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure, between 2014 and 2024.
Over this ten-year period, Manitoba will benefit from approximately $1.2 billion in dedicated federal funding, including almost $467 million under the New Building Canada Fund.
The Government of Canada has selected this project for funding consideration of up to one third of eligible costs, to a maximum of $4 million under the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial- Territorial Infrastructure Component- National and Regional Projects. This funding is conditional on the project meeting applicable federal eligibility requirements with respect to the New Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement.
The Province of Manitoba will be contributing $4 million to the project.
The Town of Virden will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project, which has a total estimated cost of $12 million.
The $53 billion New Building Canada Plan provides stable funding for a 10-year period, and includes:
The Community Improvement Fund, consisting of the Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for Municipalities, which will provide over $32 billion to municipalities for projects such as roads, public transit and recreational facilities, and other community infrastructure.
- Manitoba's support for this project is drawn from its $5.5-billion, five-year plan to invest in core infrastructure including roads, bridges, clean water projects and flood protection. Independent analysis conducted by the Conference Board of Canada projects Manitoba's plan will create 58,900 jobs, boost the province's economy by $6.3 billion and increase exports by $5.4 billion.
"We are proud to invest in Virden's new wastewater treatment plant as it is a crucial piece of infrastructure for the community. Our Government's support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. We are committed to investing in projects under the New Building Canada Fund, to ensure that infrastructure funding continues to flow in Manitoba, as we focus on creating jobs and building prosperous communities across Canada."
Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris
"The Province of Manitoba is committed to working with our municipalities to improve public infrastructure that will increase the quality of life of Manitobans as well as help protect our environment. Providing better wastewater treatment is essential for communities, and will assist in the Town of Virden's growth and development."
Minister of Municipal Government for Manitoba
"On behalf of the Town of Virden, I would like to thank the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba for their strong commitments to our community in funding Phase II of our Waste Water Treatment Plant. Our region clearly has strong potential for both economic growth and population growth. This growth requires robust community infrastructure to service the residents and businesses. By committing to the creation of a functional, clean and effective Waste Water Treatment Facility, Virden and our community partners can continue to grow and flourish in a responsible and sustainable manner."
Mayor, Town of Virden