Joint funding for water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure improvements has been announced for the Townships of Terrace Bay and Red Rock in Ontario.

“Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building healthy and resilient communities, while also providing important services to our residents,” said Patty Hajdu, minister of health and member of parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North.

“Improvements to essential infrastructure in Terrace Bay and Red Rock mean that residents can rely on safe and reliable water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment that will protect the environment and support community development,” added Hajdu.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $2 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $1.7 million. The communities of Terrace Bay and Red Rock are each contributing $613,277and $748,094 toward their respective projects.

“These investments in Terrace Bay and Red Rock show Ontario’s ongoing commitment to communities in the north as we rebuild the province’s infrastructure,” said Laurie Scott, Ontario’s minister of infrastructure and member of provincial parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes- Brock. “Terrace Bay will see improved watermains and sewer systems. Red Rock will see upgrades in its water and wastewater services. These investments will provide greater environmental protection for residents in both communities.”

In Terrace Bay, watermains, sanitary sewers, and storm sewers along Kenogami Road will be replaced to reduce the risk of flooding. Manholes, catch basins, and catch basin leads will also be installed.

“We are absolutely grateful to receive this Infrastructure funding which is crucial to local governments,” said Jody Davis, mayor of Terrace Bay. “The reconstruction of Kenogami Road will improve/replace all in-ground infrastructure but especially the storm sewers, which helps our community adapt to climate change. This completes a priority project, identified in the Township’s Asset Management Plan.”

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In Red Rock, water and wastewater infrastructure along Newton Avenue, Brompton Road, and Stadler Avenue will be rehabilitated. The upgrades will improve service reliability, increase the longevity of assets, and reduce maintenance costs.

“The residents of Red Rock appreciate and thank the federal and provincial governments for their continued support of Red Rock and this project,” said Darquise Robinson, mayor of the Township of Red Rock. “With these funds, we can replace and rehabilitate vital water and waste water infrastructure, improve water quality and reliability, and increase the longevity of this asset to the municipality.”

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