News release

Funding Provided to Three Cape Sable Island Communities

Residents of three communities on Cape Sable Island will benefit from improved wastewater treatment thanks to a shared investment by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. The improvements in Newellton, Centreville and North East Point are being funded under the Communities Component of the Building Canada plan.

The $4.2 million investment was announced today, March 31, in Centreville by Chris d'Entremont, Minister of Health, on behalf of Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and by Gerald Keddy, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

"This project we are announcing today is a tangible result of the partnerships between our government and communities," said Mr. d'Entremont. "By investing in projects like this, we are making an investment in a prosperous and greener future for Nova Scotia."
"This project reflects our government's commitment to vibrant and strong communities in Nova Scotia and across Canada," said Mr. Keddy. "This investment on Cape Sable Island, through the Building Canada plan, reflects our commitment to improving infrastructure and providing a cleaner environment in communities both large and small."

The government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and the municipality of Barrington are each contributing $2.1 million for the design and construction of a new water collection and treatment system for the communities. The project will mean about 375 households and 14 businesses will no longer depend on aging on-site sewage disposal systems. Their wastewater will be collected and treated at a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility.

"It is great to get the go-ahead on this important project," said Louise Halliday, warden of the municipality of the District of Barrington. "Delivering efficient wastewater services to the residents of Cape Sable Island is our number one priority."

In November the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia signed a framework agreement under Building Canada, which is the government of Canada's $33 billion infrastructure plan that will support a growing economy, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. Through the framework agreement, the government of Canada is committing to a new investment of more than $634 million towards infrastructure needs in the province by 2014.

Under the Communities Component of the Building Canada fund, the federal, provincial and municipal governments anticipate investing $111 million in infrastructure projects in communities of less than 100,000 across Nova Scotia by 2014.

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The federal and provincial governments today, (March 31st) announced funding for three Cape Sable Island communities under the Building Canada fund.

Newellton, Centreville and North East Point will collectively receive four-point-two million for a wastewater collection and treatment system.

The announcement was made in Centreville by Health Minister Chris d'Entremont and Gerald Keddy, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of ACOA.

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Media Contacts:

Deborah Bayer
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations 902-424-0112 Cell: 902-225-4982 E-mail:
David Harrigan
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 902-426-4238 E-mail: apeca.gc.ca