Forrest, MB- Today, the governments of Canada and Manitoba announced that two southwest Manitoba communities will benefit from the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund.
The Small Communities Fund is part of the $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. It will provide $1 billion for projects in municipalities with fewer than 100,000 residents to build projects that deliver on local needs.
With this funding, the Rural Municipality of Elton will be able to expand its waterlines by adding approximately 70km of drinking water piping and more than 95 service connections, including to the Douglas Elementary School. Also, the Town of Deloraine will upgrade its water plant, including the installation of two membrane treatment trains, to increase the community's water treatment capacity.
These projects will help these small southwestern Manitoba communities improve their water infrastructure. When completed, the systems will better meet the needs of their residents today and into the future.
The two projects being announced today are among a number of projects announced recently across the province that will benefit from funding from the governments of Canada and Manitoba under the Small Communities Fund. Including the previously announced projects in the Interlake Region and in East St. Paul, the governments of Canada and Manitoba have jointly invested more than $8.6 million in funding each into 8 projects under this fund to date.
- The two projects announced today will be cost-shared by the three governments on a one-third basis.
- The Government of Canada will provide up to $3,633,933 through the Small Communities Fund for these two projects.
- The Province of Manitoba will also contribute $3,633,933 to the projects.
- The Rural Municipality of Elton will contribute $1,333,933 to its waterline expansion project.
- The Town of Deloraine will contribute $2,300,000 to its water treatment plant project.
- The total eligible cost of these two projects is $10,901,799.
"Our Government's support for public infrastructure in municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. We are pleased to work with the Province of Manitoba to announce funding for these two priority infrastructure projects in the southwest region of the province through the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund. These projects will go a long way in helping achieve our objectives of creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada."
Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris
"The Rural Municipality of Elton is delighted that the first phase of the Rural Waterline Expansion project has been approved for funding under the New Building Canada Plan's Small Communities Fund by the Federal and Provincial Governments. This funding partnership allows us to continue providing a safe and reliable water source to the Douglas School and to more of our residents, agricultural and business community."
Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Elton
"The AMM is pleased to see funding directed at these significant projects that will increase the capacity and reliability of water for the communities of Elton and Deloraine. It is a sound investment in this area's infrastructure, one that will encourage future growth and development."
President of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities