News release

Funding For Water and Wastewater Projects in Province

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Funding For Water and Wastewater Projects in Province


The provincial and federal governments are contributing nearly $8 million for eight water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the province.

The announcement was made today, Sept. 23, by Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence.

"The province is committed to collaborating with our federal and municipal partners on important infrastructure projects," said Ms. Jennex. "These water and wastewater projects will not only help build stronger communities, they will help create jobs and keep tradespeople at home."

Funding for the eight water and wastewater projects comes from the $8 million joint federal-provincial commitment made on Sept. 13 for stimulus projects under the water and wastewater funding category. The government of Canada is contributing up to $4 million towards these eight projects, with a matching contribution from the province. Projects include water main replacements in the Municipality of Annapolis County, improvements to Phase 2 of the New Germany sewer system in Lunenburg County, the Coalburn wastewater extension in Pictou County and water and wastewater upgrades on Main Street in Louisbourg, Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

The federal $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is a key component of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The fund invests in provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects being built during this construction seasons this year and next year.

The provincial and federal governments are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in Nova Scotia.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing and long-term federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund focuses on construction-readiness as important project selection criteria. The full $4 billion is being distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.

Further information on Canada's Economic Action Plan is available at www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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The federal and provincial governments are contributing nearly eight million dollars for eight water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the province.

The announcement was made today (September 23rd) by Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Defence Minister Peter MacKay.

Projects include water main replacements in the Municipality of Annapolis, improvements to Phase 2 of the New Germany sewer system in Lunenburg County, the Coalburn wastewater extension in Pictou County and water and wastewater upgrades on Main Street in Louisbourg in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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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: