Curve Lake First Nation will be receiving federal and provincial funding to support the improvement of drainage along Mississauga Road. This will help to reduce flooding on community roads, protect houses, and support proper stormwater management.

“Improving Curve Lake First Nation’s catch basins and stormwater management system will help protect people and properties from flooding,” said Maryam Monsef, minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development. Monsef is also the member of parliament for Peterborough–Kawartha.

The project involves rehabilitating drainage and enhancing traffic flow along 14.2-kilometres of Mississauga Road. The work will involve replacing two stormwater catch basins and upgrading the road surface to improve water flow. The improved system will reduce the risk of stormwater flooding by redirecting water run-off away from roads and people’s homes.

“We are excited to be able to proceed with the much-needed stormwater drainage upgrades and repairs,” said Chief Emily Whetung of Curve Lake First Nation. “It is our hope that we will be able to secure the funding necessary to build a water treatment plant in the near future and these upgrades and repairs will put us in a better position to be able to build that treatment plant without delay. It is a positive sign that all levels of government have been able to come together to make these repairs possible.”

The Government of Canada is investing $580,902 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $141,972, while Curve Lake First Nation is contributing $51,662.

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“Capital investments in local projects are central to our efforts to create sustainable communities with modern and resilient infrastructure,” said Dave Smith, parliamentary assistant to the minister of Indigenous affairs. Smith is also the member of provincial parliament for Peterborough–Kawartha.

“This particular project will be essential to the wellbeing and safety of Curve Lake First Nation by protecting people and their homes from flooding,” added Smith. “After this challenging year I am thrilled to see Curve Lake receive this support from the Province of Ontario.”

Header Image Credit: Curve Lake First Nation.

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