KENORA — The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the City of Kenora today announced funding for the renewal of the local water distribution and sewer systems.
The governments of Canada and Ontario will each invest up to $666,667 in the project. The City of Kenora will contribute the balance of the total eligible project cost of up to $2,000,000. The Government of Canada's contribution is contingent on the successful completion of an environmental assessment of the proposed project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
This investment, made under the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF), will improve the quality of life for local residents. The City of Kenora will replace sanitary sewer lines in the downtown core. Improvements will be made to separate storm water from the sanitary sewer system and clay pipe sanitary sewers will be replaced or renewed.
"This project will update aging infrastructure, modernize equipment and protect the health and safety of members of the community," said Roger Valley, MP for Kenora. "On behalf of the federal government, I would like to congratulate the City of Kenora on a successful COMRIF application." The Government of Canada's funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework, added Mr. Valley.
"Upgrading essential infrastructure is important to our northern and rural communities, and a key part of Ontario's rural plan," said David Ramsay, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources. "Our government believes that every person should have access to safe, clean drinking water because we recognize that our greatest strength is our people – and the health of Ontarians in Kenora is vital to the future success of our province."
"We are grateful for the contributions of the federal and provincial governments. Today's investment will ensure that Kenora has the infrastructure necessary to move forward in its plan to revitalize our downtown core, and provide our citizens with an improved quality of life," said David Canfield, Mayor of the City of Kenora.
Under COMRIF, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working together with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and local partners to improve public infrastructure in small urban and rural communities. The objectives of this initiative are to enhance and renew Ontario's aging public infrastructure, improve the quality of the environment, protect the health and safety of citizens, support long-term economic growth and build strong, sustainable communities by giving municipalities the tools they need.
COMRIF is a five-year, $900-million program that focuses on local needs through infrastructure improvements to provide clean, safe drinking water, better sewage systems, improved waste management processes, safer local roads and bridges as well as other health and safety priorities. Green infrastructure is COMRIF's top priority with 55 per cent of funding for projects involving water quality, sustainable communities, climate change, and innovation.
COMRIF Intake Two will be launched in the coming weeks through a public announcement and direct contact with eligible municipalities. All Ontario municipalities of less than 250,000 people are eligible to apply to COMRIF to improve their local infrastructure.
For further information on the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, please visit www.comrif.ca.
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Mayor of the City of Kenora
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Project Reference Number: 11931