News release

Improvements Announced for Milton Road, Liverpool

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Improvements Announced for Milton Road, Liverpool


Residents along the Milton Road, Liverpool, will soon see improvements in their sewage collection and water distribution systems with a project funded through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program. The project is aimed at installing both sewer and water lines to service the community. It will also provide an opportunity for future extensions into the community of Milton.

Joint funding, in the amount of $286,667, was announced Thursday, July 12, as one of 22 project approvals totalling more than $21.8 million, by Robert G. Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Kerry Morash, MLA for Queens, on behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

"Our government signed on to the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program to provide Nova Scotians with safe drinking water, a healthy environment and an opportunity to prosper here at home," said Mr. Morash.

Green municipal infrastructure to ensure effective wastewater management and safe drinking water is the first priority under the program. The majority of the federal and provincial funding announced under Year One will be directed to green projects, like the Milton Road Sewage Collection project.

"The Government of Canada has made infrastructure a major priority," said Mr. Thibault. "Through the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, we're investing in green projects that will provide a clean, healthy environment and improve our quality of life."

The $430,000 Milton Road Sewage Collection and Street Upgrading project will bring potable water to a larger number of residents and will increase the number of households connected to a centralized sewage collection system. The federal and provincial funding under the program is subject to the formal acceptance of the Region of Queens Municipality, which will fund the balance of the project costs.

"We could not have accomplished this project on our own," said Mayor John Leefe. "We're pleased that both the federal and provincial governments were able to share with us the cost of making this project a reality."

This is the first in a series of approval announcements for projects nominated by municipalities under the program. Additional announcements are expected as projects undergo environmental assessment and final approval.

The $195 million, six-year Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented on the program's management committee.

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Residents along the Milton Road will soon see improvements in their sewage collection and water distribution systems.

The more than 286-thousand dollars in joint funding was announced today by Robert Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Kerry Morash, MLA for Queens.

The 22 projects approved Thursday, July 12,totalling more than 21-million dollars, are the first in a series of summer announcements.

Last October, the federal and provincial governments said they would invest in projects to improve municipal water systems and to protect the environment under the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Municipal governments will also contribute to the projects.

The Infrastructure Program is a 195-million dollar investment in municipal infrastructure administered by ACOA and Service Nova Scotia.

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Contact:

Jennifer Savoy
Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Robert Thibault 613-941-7291
Deborah Bayer
Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat 902-424-0112 E-mail:
David Clattenburg
Region of Queens 902-564-3453
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