The Municipality of Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu, Que. will receive $1,137,500 in combined government assistance under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) for major waterworks upgrades.The funding will be used to install sewage treatment infrastructure in the Village district. It also involves installing a pumping station, laying a force main to connect the station to the sewage treatment plant and building a water treatment plant in the district. These upgrades will help improve the quality of the environment for some 120 local residents.

Completion of this major project will necessitate a total eligible investment of $1,500,000 under component 1 of the MRIF. As such, the Government of Quebec and Government of Canada will each contribute $568,750 toward these improvements, for a total of $1,137,500 in combined government funding, while the Municipality of Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu will assume $362,500 of the project’s costs.

Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu Mayor Ginette Bieri-Dumesnil said she is pleased that this project, considered a priority for the development of the municipality, is now to be carried out in that it will enable citizens to benefit from improved community infrastructure and greater well-being.

The Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is a cost-sharing initiative of the Government of Quebec and Government of Canada that makes $470 million in funding available to Quebec municipalities and non-governmental organizations. The program is in force until March 31, 2010.

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