Investments in Clean Water surpass $2.5 M for 38 First Nation communities in Kenora riding

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“This will prepare First Nation communities to meet today’s unique challenges and prosper for generations to come.” – Nault

KENORA – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, announced today an investment of $2,595,781 for Clean Water Wastewater Funding (CWWF) for First Nations in the Kenora riding

Kenora MP Bob Nault
Kenora MP Bob Nault

“Clean drinking water is a priority for a number of First Nations within Canada, and the Kenora riding is no exception,” stated Nault. “In Budget 2016, the Government of Canada pledged to end all long-term boil water advisories on reserve within five years, and this announcement demonstrates a commitment to that promise.”

Today’s investment of more than $2.5 million is part of an agreement between for the CWWF and will fund a total of 62 projects throughout the riding.

The federal government is providing up to 50 percent of funding for these projects, while the provincial government is providing $1,297,890, and the recipient First Nations will cover any remaining costs.

As part of a bilateral agreement with Ontario, the Government of Canada is providing the province with more than $569 million under CWWF, and will fund up to 50 percent of the eligible project costs.

In total, today’s announcement includes 235 projects taking place in 116 First Nations in Ontario with federal funding amounting to $8,885,876.

“Funding CWWF projects for First Nations is not only a part of the Government of Canada’s commitment, it will also foster economic growth and support a healthier living environment for Indigenous peoples,” concluded Nault. “This will prepare First Nation communities to meet today’s unique challenges and prosper for generations to come.”

Quick facts

· The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

· $21.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

· The Government of Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges, and water and wastewater infrastructure in the province’s history – more than $190 billion in public infrastructure over 13 years, starting in 2014-15. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Associated links

Government of Canada’s <http://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2016/docs/themes/infrastructure-en.html>$180-billion+ infrastructure plan

Federal infrastructure <http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/on-eng.html>investments in Ontario