Funding has been announced for improvements to Belleville’s Cannifton Stormwater Pumping Station.
“Investments in essential public infrastructure are vital to building healthy and resilient communities,” said Neil Ellis, parliamentary secretary to the minister of agriculture and agri-food. Ellis is also the member of parliament for Bay of Quinte. “Today’s investment for important upgrades to Belleville’s Cannifton Stormwater Pumping Station means better safety and flood protection for the community and its residents.”
The project involves numerous additions to the station including two submersible pumps, wet well hatches and rails, a flow meter and control panel, and a new roof. Additionally, the project will make important upgrades to the HVAC and lighting systems. It will also replace the existing fuel tank with a new diesel generator.
“The Government of Ontario is pleased to support upgrades at the Cannifton Stormwater Pumping Station through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program partnership,” said Todd Smith, Ontario’s minister of children, community, and social services. Smith is also the member of provincial parliament for Bay of Quinte. “This modern infrastructure will ensure the City of Belleville has sufficient, reliable capacity to limit flooding, and provide necessary services to support its residents and businesses.”
The Government of Canada is investing $562,000 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing over $468,000 in funding, and the City of Belleville is contributing more than $374,000.
“The Cannifton Road Stormwater Pumping Station ensures that Cannifton Road underpass does not flood during storm events,” said Mitch Panciuk, mayor of the City of Belleville. “It has been a critical piece of city infrastructure since its construction in 1980 and through this funding, these improvements will go a long way in ensuring it is sustainable for years to come. We are grateful to both our federal and provincial governments for their assistance.”