WHITECOURT, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - July 18, 2016) - Infrastructure Canada

The governments of Canada and Alberta and the Town of Whitecourt are committed to making smart investments in public infrastructure that protect Canadians and mitigate the potential damage from natural events like erosion and flooding, to build the safe communities we want for our children, grand-children and great-grand-children.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Her Worship Maryann Chichak, Mayor of Whitecourt, today announced funding to control erosion along the south bank of the Athabasca River in the Town of Whitecourt.

Over 11 acres of land were lost to erosion along this stretch of the Athabasca River between 2006 and 2014, through both the ongoing wearing away of the river bank and during recent flooding events. Erosion control infrastructure will be constructed and repaired as part of this project to direct the river current away from the south bank. This will prevent further encroachment of the river and protect public and private property along the developed bank, including trails and parkland, decommissioned municipal sewer lagoons, and the Millar Western Pulp Mill, which employs hundreds of local residents.

The Government of Canada will contribute up to $1,839,888 toward this project through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects, with the Province of Alberta, the Town of Whitecourt and private partners covering the remainder of the estimated $6 million project.


"Effective disaster mitigation projects reduce the vulnerability of our communities and our public infrastructure to the negative impacts of extreme natural events. Erosion control measures along the Athabasca River in Whitecourt will help the Town protect its residents and its land. This project and others like it are part of the Government of Canada's commitment to build safer and more resilient communities, which is critical for attracting economic opportunities for the middle class and those trying to join it."

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The additional funds are well timed to allow us to provide enhanced protection to our residents and businesses from the ongoing erosion of our river banks."

Her Worship Maryann Chichak, Mayor of Whitecourt

Associated links

Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's new $120 billion infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/index-eng.html.

Federal infrastructure investments in Alberta: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ab-eng.html

Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html

New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html

Twitter: @INFC_eng

Web: Infrastructure Canada

Contact Information:

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Kyle Ferguson
Press Secretary
Alberta Environment and Parks

Tara Gallant
Legislative Manager
Town of Whitecourt

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