Infrastructure Program Invests in 'Green' Projects
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
July 12, 2001 12:00 PM
Twenty-two Nova Scotia projects, worth more than $21.8 million,
got the green light today in the first of a series of federal-
provincial infrastructure funding announcements planned for this
Project details were announced today in Halifax by Robert
Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency (ACOA), and Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova
Scotia and Municipal Relations (SNSMR).
"The Government of Canada is working with Nova Scotians to build
strong communities and improve our quality of life," said Mr.
Thibault. "Through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program,
we are investing in 'green' projects that will improve our
environment and provide safe, higher-quality water systems."
"The projects funded under this program will have a significant
impact on communities across the province and everyone who lives
there," said Mr. MacIsaac. "The Province is pleased to work with
the federal and municipal governments in meeting Nova Scotians'
community goals: safe drinking water, a healthy environment and
an opportunity to prosper here at home."
"Mayors, wardens and councils across the province have been
anxiously awaiting today's announcement," said Anna Allen,
president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and mayor of
Windsor. "As soon as local councils can approve their share of
the costs, the calls for tenders can go out."
Today's approvals, projects nominated by municipalities
throughout the province, and many future projects under the
Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, will focus on "green"
initiatives. They will be jointly funded by the federal,
provincial and municipal levels of government under an agreement
signed last fall by the Government of Canada and the Province of
Green infrastructure projects promote safe drinking water and
effective waste-water management while protecting the environment
and benefiting businesses, families and tourism in the province.
All of the projects announced today are green.
Municipalities across the province recommended a variety of
projects to the federal and provincial governments earlier this
year and outlined their priorities. Green project proposals were
then reviewed jointly by federal and provincial officials.
Projects in today's announcement have already received
environmental assessments and final approval.
Additional announcements are expected this summer as projects
undergo environmental assessment and final approval. Approved
federal and provincial expenditures total $14,533,930 to date.
The Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is a six-year
investment in municipal infrastructure worth $195 million. The
program is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Union
of Nova Scotia Municipalities represents the municipalities on
the Program's management committee.
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Twenty-two federal-provincial infrastructure projects in
Nova Scotia, mainly related to providing safe drinking water, got
the green light today. It's the first in a series of funding
announcements planned for this summer.
As part of an agreement signed last October, the federal and
provincial governments are investing more than 21-million dollars
in "green" projects that will improve municipal water systems and
our environment under the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program. Municipal governments will also contribute to the
Details were announced today in Halifax by ACOA Minister
Robert Thibault, and Service Nova Scotia Minister Angus MacIsaac
The Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is a six-year,
195-million dollar investment in municipal infrastructure. The
Program is administered by ACOA and Service Nova Scotia.
Contact: Jennifer Savoy, Press Secretary
Office of Robert Thibault
Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat
Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities
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