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Canada and Saskatchewan invest another $86 million in 85 projects across the Province

Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, June 29, 2009 – Saskatchewan's communities will benefit from another federal-provincial partnership to support infrastructure work across the province that will help stimulate the economy and create jobs. Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz, along with the Saskatchewan Minister for Municipal Affairs, Jeremy Harrison, today announced funding for 85 infrastructure initiatives through the infrastructure component of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Our Government is making smart investments that will improve Saskatchewan's infrastructure, inject additional capital into our economy, and keep people working during these tough economic times," said Minister Ritz. "This infrastructure will improve our quality of life, as well as help to boost our regional economy now and for years to come."

"Together all levels of government are injecting needed funding into vital infrastructure projects for Saskatchewan's urban, rural and northern communities," said Minister Harrison. "Many of these are much-needed water projects, essential to keeping these communities healthy and vibrant."

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan today announced new funding of more than $86 million for community and provincial infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan.

Today's announcement includes a joint funding of more than $79.3 million for 72 projects in communities of fewer than 100,000 residents under the Building Canada Fund - Communities Component. The federal contribution includes funding from the additional $500 million national "top-up" for the Communities Component announced in the Economic Action Plan for projects that can be built over the next two years. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are contributing two-thirds of the total eligible costs of these projects, while Saskatchewan communities are contributing the remainder of the funds.

Also included in today's announcement are ten local road and three wastewater infrastructure projects that will benefit from the new federal $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. Together, these thirteen projects will receive joint federal-provincial funding of over $6.8 million ($4.5 million from the federal government and $2.3 million from the province). The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects that will be built during this year's and next year's construction seasons.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. The June 11 "Report to Canadians" underlines progress in infrastructure investments.

Canada and Saskatchewan 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 learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit Canada's Economic Action Plan and Creating Jobs.

For more information, please contact:

Chris Hilton
Office of Canada's Minister of State for Transport
613-991-0700

Infrastructure Canada
613-948-1148

Jeff Welke
Ministry of Saskatchewan Municipal Affairs
306-536-1185

Backgrounder
INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS IN SASKATCHEWAN

BUILDING CANADA FUND – COMMUNITIES COMPONENT

The Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund recognizes that smaller communities have unique infrastructure needs, and therefore targets projects in communities with populations of less than 100,000. Projects are selected through an application-based process.

Following discussion with the province of Saskatchewan, the Building Canada Fund's Communities Component is already at work in Saskatchewan. On June 29, 2009, Canada and Saskatchewan announced a joint investment of more than $79.3 million for 72 community infrastructure projects that will create jobs and help build stronger communities.

The federal contribution includes funding from the additional $500 million national "top-up" for the Communities Component announced in Budget 2009 for projects that can be built over the next two years, which is being matched by the Government of Saskatchewan. The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are contributing two-thirds of the total eligible costs of these projects, while Saskatchewan communities are contributing the remainder of the funds.

Here is the list of the communities to receive funding under the Building Canada Fund's Communities Component:

Under the Communities Component

  • Aberdeen Rural Water Pipeline Project – RM of ABERDEEN
  • Alpine Crescent Underground Utilities Construction – Town of ALLAN
  • Road Reconstruct & Clay Capping – RM of ARM RIVER
  • Water Treatment Plant Improvements – Town of ASQUITH
  • Water Main and Sewer Trunk Line for Town Expansion – Town of ASQUITH
  • Avonlea Constructed Wetlands Lagoon Project – Village of AVONLEA
  • McPhee Street Trim l Samotaru Sewer Main – Town of BIGGAR
  • Sewage Treatment Plant Secondary Sewage Line – Town of BIGGAR
  • Pickerel Point Road Construction – RM of BIG RIVER
  • Sewage Lift Station Upgrade – Town of BIRCH HILLS
  • Water Supply, Treatment & Distribution Project – Village of BORDEN
  • Chitek Lake Wastewater Treatment System – Resort Village of CHITEK LAKE
  • Water Treatment Project – Village of CLIMAX
  • Sewage Lift Station Upgrade – Village of CODETTE
  • Claycapping of Road to Organized Hamlet of Hitchcock Bay – Rural Municipality of COTEAU
  • Waterworks Upgrade – Village of DAFOE
  • Sewage Lift Station #2/Storm Sewer Project – Town of DALMENY
  • Replacement of Lift Station No. 1 & Force Main – Town of DELISLE
  • Lagoon Upgrade – Village of DORINTOSH
  • Watermain Replacement & Paving – Town of EATONIA
  • Hamlet of Emerald Park Rural Water Distribution – RM of EDENWOLD
  • Looping of Water Mains – Village of ELBOW
  • Heavy Haul Road Rehabilitation – RM of ELDON
  • Water Treatment Plant Upgrade – Village of FLAXCOMBE
  • Water Treatment Plant Expansion – Village of GRAND COULEE
  • Regional Landfill Project – RM of GRASSY CREEK
  • Groundwater Supply and Treatment Plant Upgrade Project – Town of GRENFELL
  • Lagoon Expansion – Town of HAGUE
  • Water Works Project – Village of HEPBURN
  • Wakaw Lake Regional Lagoon Expansion – RM of HOODOO
  • New Wastewater Management Project RM No. 401 – RM of HOODOO
  • Community Recreation and Fitness Centre – City of HUMBOLDT
  • WaterMain Replacement – City of HUMBOLDT
  • Renewal of Dixon Grid – RM of HUMBOLDT
  • Sewage Lagoon Upgrade – RM of INVERGORDON
  • Water Treatment Plant Upgrade – Village of KENASTON
  • Water & Sewer Systems Improvements – Town of KINISTINO
  • Water Treatment Plant 1, 2, & 3 Upgrades – Northern Village of LA LOCHE
  • Water Treatment Plant Upgrade – Village of LEOVILLE
  • Sewage Treatment Plant - Headworks Facility – City of LLOYDMINSTER
  • New R.O. Filtration System – WTP – Town of LUSELAND
  • Sewage Lagoon Expansion – Town of MACKLIN
  • Jensen South Roadway Upgrade – RM of MANKOTA
  • Water Treatment Plant & Reservoir Expansion – Town of MARSHALL
  • Waste Water Phase 1 - Lagoon Expansion – Town of MEADOW LAKE
  • Construct R.O. Water Treatment Plant & Pipeline – Village of MIDDLE LAKE
  • New Water Treatment Plant with tanks – Village of MISTATIM
  • Sask. Landing Regional Water Pipeline Rural System – RM of MONET
  • Storage & Truckfill – RM of MONET
  • Lagoon Upgrade – Town of MOOSOMIN
  • Upgraded Water Main – Village of MUENSTER
  • Secondary Lagoon Construction – Village of NEILBURG
  • Water Treatment Upgrade – Village of PELLY
  • Hamlet of Meyronne - Water System Upgrade – RM of PINTO CREEK
  • Booster Stations & Line Looping Projects – RM of PRINCE ALBERT
  • Water Treatment Reservoir Upgrade – Village of PRUD'HOMME
  • Reservoir Expansion – Town of RADISSON
  • Lagoon Rehabilitation & Expansion – Village of RIVERHURST
  • Construct a New Well – Town of SHELLBROOK
  • Wastewater Treatment Upgrade – Town of SHELLBROOK
  • Water Treatment Plant Upgrades – Village of SMEATON
  • New Evaporation Pond – Town of SOUTHEY
  • Install Backup power for Wastewater Facility – Town of STAR CITY
  • Hamlet of Bellevue Lift Station – RM of ST. LOUIS
  • Clay Cap Park Road – RM of VICTORY
  • Water Treatment Plant Upgrade – Town of VONDA
  • Upgrade Water treatment Systems – Village of WEIRDALE
  • Water System Upgrades and Improvements – Village of WHITE FOX
  • Replacement of Water Mains, Valves & Hydrants – Town of WILKIE
  • New Well Development – Town of WOLSELEY
  • Main Street Upgrade – Town of WYNARD
  • Curb Stops – Town of ZEALANDIA

INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects that will be built during this year's and next year's construction seasons.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is already at work in Saskatchewan. On May 26, 2009, the Governments of Canada and of Saskatchewan announced that 61 shovel-ready infrastructure projects will receive a joint federal-provincial investment of $160.2 million ($89.2 million federal, $71.0 million provincial) under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

On June 5, 2009 it was announced that a set of 19 shovel-ready infrastructure projects will receive a joint federal-provincial investment of $19.4 million ($9.2 million federal, $10.2 million provincial) under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

On June 29, 2009, a new set of 13 shovel-ready infrastructure projects will receive a joint federal-provincial investment of $6.8 million ($4.5 million federal, $2.3 million provincial) under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

The list of projects is as below:

Water Treatment

  • Storm Sewer Collection in Saskatoon
  • White City Wastewater Improvements
  • Regina Beach - Phase 2 Water Treatment Plant/Public Works Complex

Local Road Infrastructure (all in Saskatoon)

  • Arterial Road Preservation (Portion of 8th Street)
  • Collector Road Preservation - 103rd Street
  • Collector Road Preservation - 105th Street
  • Idylwyld/8th Street Overpass
  • Street Rehabilitation - Adolph Way
  • Street Rehabilitation - Varsity View Neighbourhood 1
  • Street Rehabilitation - Varsity View Neighbourhood 2
  • Street Rehabilitation - Varsity View Neighbourhood 3
  • Street Rehabilitation - Varsity View Neighbourhood 4
  • Street Rehabilitation - Wilkinson Crescent
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