News release

Infrastructure Program Invests $14.1 Million in Green Projects

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Infrastructure Program Invests $14.1 Million in Green Projects


Fourteen projects, worth $14.1 million, got the green light today in one of a series of federal-provincial infrastructure funding announcements planned for this summer.

Project details were announced today in Lunenburg by Robert Thibault, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Michael Baker, MLA for Lunenburg, on behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

"We are pleased that all levels of government are working together to meet Nova Scotians' community goals: safe drinking water, a healthy environment and an opportunity to prosper here at home," said Mr. Baker. "The projects funded under this program will have a significant impact on communities across the province."

Green infrastructure projects promote safe drinking water and effective wastewater management while protecting the environment and benefiting businesses, families and tourism in the province. All of the projects announced today are green.

"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."

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.

"Municipal engineers and administrative staff invested a lot of time in developing project proposals and now those investments are paying off," said Anna Allen, president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and mayor of Windsor.

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 and be jointly funded by the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government under an agreement that was signed last fall by the government of Canada and the province of Nova Scotia.

This is one of a series of approval announcements for projects under the Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program totalling more than $39 million to date. Additional announcements are expected as projects undergo environmental assessment and final approval.

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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Contact:

Sylvie Millette LeDuc
Director of Communications Office of the Honourable Robert G. Thibault 613-941-7241
Deborah Bayer
Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat 902-424-0112 E-mail:

Infrastructure Program projects approved Aug. 16 is available; e-mail to release@gov.ns.ca for a copy.

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