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Federal government gives P.E.I. $7.8M for infrastructure, water projects


September 6, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – The federal government is providing Prince Edward Island with more than $7.8 million for community infrastructure, including investments in drinking water and wastewater facilities.

This investment, which is through the federal Gas Tax Fund, represents the first of two annual allocations for 2016−17.In total, Prince Edward Island will be provided with more than $15.7 million through the fund this year, the federal and provincial governments said in a news release.

Investing in infrastructure is vital to creating middle class jobs today and sustained economic growth for years to come. Modern, efficient community infrastructure contributes to a high quality of life by helping connect people to jobs, improve water systems, and support new business opportunities.

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Among the projects being supported through this funding are:

  • Upgraded wastewater facilities in Souris, St. Peter’s Bay, Montague, Murray Harbour, Georgetown, Wellington, Summerside, Alberton, Tignish, Crapaud, and Stratford,
  • Investments in drinking water in Charlottetown and Cornwall,
  • Utilities upgrades to the Summerside Eco-Innovation business park,
  • A multi-use cultural building in Souris,
  • Campground facilities in St. Peter’s Bay

The two GTF installments for this year are in addition to funds being made available to Prince Edward Island under other existing programs and two new federal funding programs: the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The latter are part of Phase 1 of the Government of Canada’s 10-year, $120-billion Investing in Canada plan.