News release

Infrastructure Program Invests in Little Narrows Water System

Households around Little Narrows will soon be connected to the municipal water system thanks to funding through the Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund.

Federal and provincial funding of more than $1.4 million was announced today, Oct. 5, by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. The Municipality of the County of Victoria will fund an additional $705,798 towards the balance of the project costs.

The project includes the design and construction of a 15-kilometre extension of the Little Narrows Water System. This project will provide drinking water to 100 households in the communities of Estmere, Ottawa Brook, Jamesville, Hazeldale and McKinnons Harbour.

"Our government is committed to helping build safer communities and enhancing infrastructure," said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "This project is another example of the federal, provincial and municipal governments working in partnership to make improvements in our communities."
"The federal government is getting things done for the people of Little Narrows," said Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. "Our investment of more than $700,000 will mean improved drinking water for an additional 100 families in the Little Narrows area."

The infrastructure program supports sustainable community-infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater and solid-waste management.

"Today's announcement is good news for these residents," said Wayne Budge, warden of the Municipality of the County of Victoria. "Partnering with the federal and provincial governments makes it possible to develop a higher quality of municipal services for our community."

Today's investment is part of the $133-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, which is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the program management committee.

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Households around Little Narrows will soon be connected to the municipal water system thanks to the Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund investment.

Federal and provincial funding of more than one-point-four million dollars was announced today (October 5th) by Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Jamie Muir and ACOA Minister Peter MacKay.

The project includes the design and construction of a 15-kilometre extension of the Little Narrows Water System. It will provide improved drinking water to 100 households.

The 133-million-dollar, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

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Media Contacts:

Deborah Bayer
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations 902-424-0112 Cell: 902-225-4982 E-mail:
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