Cape Breton has received federal and provincial funding for the construction of two new wastewater treatment facilities, as well as the installation of new ultraviolet disinfection systems in five existing facilities.

The funding was announced by:

  • Rodger Cuzner, parliamentary secretary to the minister of employment, workforce development and labour, and member of parliament for Cape Breton–Canso.
  • Mark Eyking, member of parliament for Sydney–Victoria.
  • Geoff MacLellan, Nova Scotia’s minister of business.
  • Derek Mombourquette, Nova Scotia’s minister of energy.
  • Cecil Clarke, mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $39.1 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing more than $32.6 million, while the municipality is contributing more than $26.2 million to the project costs.

“This is an important part of our multi-year capital plan,” said Cecil Clarke, mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM). “It addresses, not just our regulatory requirements but also the need for our residents to have a clean environment in which to live. CBRM is committed to positive change and we look forward to moving ahead with this project.”

This announcement also highlights the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Wastewater Feasibility Study, which began in 2018. This study assessed the potential design of improved wastewater treatment and collection infrastructure in seven sewer sheds in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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