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Friday, November 28, 2014
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ESTEVAN AND WEYBURN-AREA MUNICIPALITIES RECEIVE FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS

Residents of Estevan and Weyburn area municipalities will benefit from $1,056,234 in combined federal and provincial funding for six infrastructure projects through the Canada-Saskatchewan Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF).

Today's announcement includes more than $399,000 for the Town of Radville to upgrade its water treatment plant, and over $230,000 for the RM of Cymri to reconstruct a road to accommodate heavy haul oilfield and farm trucks. A complete list of project descriptions and grant amounts is attached.

The investment was announced today by Ed Komarnicki, Member of Parliament for Souris-Moose Mountain, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, and Moose Jaw North MLA Glenn Hagel on behalf of Saskatchewan Government Relations Minister Harry Van Mulligen.

"Canada's New Government is getting things done for Saskatchewan," said Komarnicki. "We are making this infrastructure investment in these six municipalities because we recognize the importance of strong communities that have safe roads and clean water."

"I'm proud that infrastructure funding from the provincial government will be put toward projects that will have tangible benefits for the residents of these communities," Hagel said. "Our government is focused on making life better for Saskatchewan families, and funding vital infrastructure projects like these helps us achieve that goal."

"On behalf of the Town of Radville and the Hamlets of Laurier & Riverside, I would like to take this opportunity to extend a gracious thank-you to the federal and provincial governments for the financial assistance in the construction of our new state-of-the-art-water treatment facility," Radville Mayor David Bellevance said. "This new facility will provide all of us with top quality drinking water for the foreseeable future and beyond."


Under the initial Canada-Saskatchewan MRIF Agreement, the federal and provincial governments committed a combined $76 million to the fund, with participating communities contributing one-half of all costs, raising the total infrastructure investment to over $152 million.

This year, Canada's New Government and the Government of Saskatchewan have provided an additional $14.9 million to the fund as part of their commitment to help smaller communities meet their infrastructure needs. This additional funding brings the total federal and provincial investment in MRIF projects to over $90.9 million.

These projects are an example of how MRIF is supporting a stronger, safer and better province through infrastructure projects that provide cleaner air and water, a stronger economy and a better quality of life for our communities.

Before receiving final approval, community projects undergo a review process under both the Canadian Environment Assessment Act and The Environmental Assessment Act (Saskatchewan).


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For more information, contact:

Brenda Tarasiuk
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Saskatoon
Phone: 306-975-5943

Tyler McMurchy
Government Relations
Regina
Phone: 306-787-5193
Cell: 306-537-7051

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