Funding for improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure in Rainy River, Ontario has been announced.

“Investments in essential public infrastructure are vital to building resilient communities,” said Marcus Powlowski, member of parliament for Thunder Bay–Rainy River. “Improving Rainy River’s water and wastewater systems will provide residents with better fire protection and reliable water and wastewater services for years to come. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.​”

To support the infrastructure improvements, the Government of Canada is investing $1,135,000 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $945,739 and the Town of Rainy River is contributing $756,761.

“Our government is proud to deliver funding for critical public infrastructure projects that supports our communities and the hardworking people of Rainy River,” said Greg Rickford, Ontario’s minister of energy, northern development, and mines. Rickford is also the minister of Indigenous affairs and member of provincial parliament for Kenora–Rainy River.

“Water distribution and wastewater collection lines are vital to the inner workings of our municipalities,” added Rickford. “This investment will ensure that the Town of Rainy River will have the water, wastewater, and fire protection system upgrades they need to better serve their residents and businesses.”

The upgrades involve replacing 760-metres of water distribution lines and 570-metres of wastewater collection lines on Second Street and Broadway Avenue. The work will also involve the installation of three new fire hydrants along with new sanitary sewer connections and manholes.

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“On behalf of the residents of the Town of Rainy River I would like to express our thanks to the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario for their continued funding of critical infrastructure projects within our community,” said Deborah Julie Ewald, mayor of Rainy River. “The completions of the projects assist in economic development, enhance tourism and most importantly support the health and safety of our citizens.”

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