The township of North Glengarry, Ontario, will receive $22.8 million in funding from the provincial and federal governments for water infrastructure projects.
Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, and His Worship Chris McDonell, Mayor of North Glengarry, announced that two projects in North Glengarry have been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of the funding—$15.2 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for this project—$7.6 million of total eligible costs, and the Township of North Glengarry will provide the balance of funding.
“Ensuring safety and improving the quality of drinking water for people in North Glengarry is of paramount importance. Our government recognizes this and is taking action by working with our federal and municipal partners to modernize and upgrade essential infrastructure, including the projects announced today,” said Minister Chiarelli.
One of the projects involves the construction of water infrastructure that will connect residents in Maxville to an existing water treatment system in a neighbouring community. The other project is to complete a detailed design to upgrade the Alexandria Lagoon Facility, which will increase its capacity to accommodate growth, improve treatment capabilities, and meet provincial effluent standards.
“We have all been working for years to achieve this result because we recognize that water is the lifeblood of any community. And all of us are delighted – and proud – to announce that our senior levels of government have provided us with many of the funding and tools needed to give Maxville residents modern drinking water,” said Mayor McDonnell. “This represents a big success for Maxville and all North Glengarry. It means we will have the infrastructure we critically need – for economic development, for growth, and for the future.”
This follows a number of federal announcements of water infrastructure funding from the Canadian government last week and is a part of Phase 1 of the federal government’s infrastructure spending.