ATIKOKAN, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 29, 2015) -

Residents of Atikokan will benefit from the rehabilitation of the sewage treatment plant thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Small Communities Fund.

The Atikokan Sewage Treatment Plant will undergo a series of refurbishments in order to upgrade the aging facility. Upon completion, the plant will meet today's operational standards, and will help support a healthier environment for the residents.

The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs. Canada and Ontario will each provide $272 million to support projects in communities across the province with fewer than 100,000 residents. This funding will help address local priorities, supporting job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across Ontario for years to come.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $1,444,244 through the Small Communities Fund for this project.
  • The Province of Ontario will contribute up to $1,444,244 to this project.
  • Atikokan will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.


"We are pleased to invest in projects such as the Atikokan Sewage Treatment Plant Rehabilitation that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure.Our Government's commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan Small Communities Fund we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a strong impact on the quality of life of Ontario's residents while helping job creation and economic growth."

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario
Minister of Natural Resources

"Today's investment will help to ensure a safe, reliable water system for the people of Atikokan. It's part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history – more than $130 billion over 10 years – which is supported by a number of initiatives, including unlocking the value of public assets to help make investments in transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects. This investment in the Atikokan Sewage Treatment Plant demonstrates our government's commitment to keeping our communities strong, creating jobs and making sure that people get the basic services they pay for now and in the future."

The Honourable Bill Mauro, Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

"In addition to improving effluent quality, the upgrade project will replace aging infrastructure, improve energy efficiencies, recover resources and fully accommodate the community for years to come. I would like to thank the Honourable Greg Rickford and the Honourable Bill Mauro for making the necessary upgrades at the Atikokan Sewage Treatment Plant possible. "

Dennis Brown, Mayor of the Town of Atikokan

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Contact Information:

Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
for the Regions of Quebec

Andrew Forgione
Office of the Minister of Economic Development,
Employment and Infrastructure

Peter R Burbeck
Town of Atikokan- Public Works Director

Infrastructure Canada
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154

Brigitte Marleau
Communications Branch
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development,
Employment and Infrastructure