News release

County of Antigonish Welcomes Infrastructure Project

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--County of Antigonish Welcomes Infrastructure Project


Improved water and sewer services in Antigonish County will be the result of a project announced today, May 18, through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

The Municipality of the County of Antigonish is partnering with the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia, through the infrastructure program, to design and construct one kilometre of sanitary sewer and water main along Highway 337. This extension will improve the water quality at an existing meat processing plant, which employs 50 people, and allow for future expansion. The project will have the added benefit of improving fire protection in the area.

"This investment will make an important contribution to the economy of Antigonish County," said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac, on behalf of Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "This is another wonderful example of how governments, working in partnership, can undertake projects that provide health and economic benefits."

Designed to invest in the infrastructure needs of Nova Scotia communities, the program's priorities include supporting long-term economic growth, community infrastructure improvements and environmental enhancements, and building 21st century infrastructure.

"The government of Canada is working with Nova Scotians to build essential community infrastructures that will enhance the quality of Nova Scotia's environment while allowing for sustainable growth in the future," said Geoff Regan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. "Through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, we're creating a stronger, healthier province."

Mr. MacIsaac and Mr. Regan announced a joint federal- provincial investment of $225,628 today. The Municipality of the County of Antigonish will fund the balance of the project costs bringing the project total to $338,444.

"This project will not only improve services, it will also provide for economic growth in our county," said Herbert DeLorey, Warden of the Municipality of the County of Antigonish. "The Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program has enabled us to work with other levels of government to achieve a common goal -- to make Nova Scotia communities the best they can be."

To date, more than $171 million has been invested in 118 projects across the province through the program, and more announcements are expected as projects undergo environmental assessment and final approval.

The program is a six year, $195 million investment in municipal infrastructure administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the management committee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented on the program's management committee.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

Residents of Antigonish County can now look forward to

improved water and sewer services.

The extension of a water and sewer main along Highway

337 has been approved under the Canada-Nova Scotia

Infrastructure Program.

Joint federal-provincial funding of more than

225-thousand-dollars was announced today (May 18th) by

Health Minister Angus MacIsaac on behalf of Barry

Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal

Relations and federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Geoff

Regan.

The Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program is a six-

year, 195-million-dollar investment in municipal

infrastructure administered by the Atlantic Canada

Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

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Contact:

Deborah Bayer
Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat 902-424-0112 E-mail:
David Harrigan
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 902-426-4238
Herbert DeLorey
Municipality of the County of Antigonish 902-863-1117