Sixteen municipal projects will receive funding to help mitigate flood risk and support municipal infrastructure.

“The money will support key projects that make a difference for communities and for residents,” said John Lohr, minister of municipal affairs and housing. “Access to safe drinking water, wastewater treatment, and addressing flood risk are vital for building strong, vibrant communities and supporting continued economic growth.”

The funding includes $781,316 for 11 projects under the Provincial Capital Assistance Program and $231,839 for five projects under the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program.

“We have been dedicated to addressing flood-prone areas of Colchester County for many years now and are pleased that this funding will help us continue our work to protect area homes and businesses both now and into the future,” said Christine Blair, mayor of the Municipality of the County of Colchester.

Through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program, the Province contributes funds toward priority municipal infrastructure projects. Projects receiving funding in 2021-22 include a groundwater supply study, upgrades to drinking water and wastewater systems, and improvements to prevent salt water from entering a wastewater collection system during high tides.

“The Town of Pictou is very grateful to be receiving financial assistance through the Provincial Capital Assistance Program,” said Jim Ryan, mayor of the Town of Pictou. “Municipal council has identified our downtown and waterfront district as a priority in our long-term plan and these funds will support identified development initiatives. Funds received will be used to improve existing water and wastewater services while improving accessibility and enhancing the aesthetics of our downtown.

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The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program provides funding to municipalities for projects that identify or mitigate flood risks. Projects receiving funding in 2021-22 include flood-risk studies and shoreline stabilization.

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