Project approved under the Small Communities Fund
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.
"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
To learn more about the Government of Canada's infrastructure programs, including the Small Communities Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.
To find out more about Ontario's infrastructure programs, including the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, visit http://www.moi.gov.on.ca/en/infrastructure
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