More than $1.5 million in joint funding has been announced for four projects to safeguard public health and the environment, and to improve recreation infrastructure, in Labrador communities.

“The Government of Canada is taking action to protect the health and safety of all Canadians, to stabilize our economy, and to support communities across Canada,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities. “The five projects announced today will help ensure that residents of these thriving communities have reliable services and recreation infrastructure for years to come.”

In Cartwright, upgrades to the regional sewer system will provide 25 new residences with access to wastewater services. The installation of 612-meters of new sewer mains will increase the town’s wastewater efficiency.

“Creating happy and healthy communities continues to be a priority for this government,” said Elvis Loveless, minister of transportation and infrastructure. “We are working alongside the federal government and the communities to ensure that the residents of Labrador have adequate access to water, wastewater, and recreation infrastructure.”

Similarly, in the Inuit Community Government of Hopedale, structural and mechanical upgrades to the lift station and retention tank, along with the replacement of 40 meters of service line, will modernize the community’s sewage treatment facility. The upgrades will also increase the treatment facility’s capacity to manage wastewater.

A second project will replace and rehabilitate 800-meters of transmission main, protective jacketing, and structural supports for the above ground water main. This will ensure the watermain does not freeze in winter and provide greater access to potable water to the community.

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“Investments in recreation and green infrastructure help to build strong, dynamic and inclusive communities,” said Yvonne Jones, member of parliament for Labrador. “We are proud to invest in safe and modern water and recreation infrastructure in Labrador. These investments play a key role in ensuring Labrador residents have access to reliable services to support a healthy community.”

In the Inuit Community Government of Makkovik, the installation of three play structures will provide the community with a fully equipped playground, and quality recreation infrastructure for children of all ages.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $619,000, with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador providing over $758,000 toward these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), and Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The municipality and communities are contributing more than $365,000 toward their respective projects.

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