St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, June 18, 2021—The health and well-being of Canadians are the top priorities of the governments of Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador. As the country and the province begin to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, both governments know how important investments in critical infrastructure are as we build back better.
Taking decisive action to help families, businesses and communities is vital to the well-being of the province – and today’s announcement is a key part of this support.
Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South—Mount Pearl, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Gudie Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development; and the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced $50 million in joint funding to improve public infrastructure for residents across Newfoundland and Labrador.
Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador; Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista—Burin—Trinity; and Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, were also in attendance.
Projects that received funding include a new armourstone wall that will restore the shoreline on Harbour Road in Witless Bay to protect the roadway, and a coolant system for the arena ice plant that will be replaced at the Bay D’Espoir Rec Plex, creating a more sustainable, reliable, and safe facility for the community.
In addition, 12 municipalities will see improvements to their drinking water systems. These upgrades include the rehabilitation and expansion of water supply mains and connections, new hydrants for improved fire safety, a new pump house building in the Town of Jackson’s Cove-Langdon’s Cove-Silverdale, and a new chlorination system in the Town of La Scie.
In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the HVAC system upgrades at the College of the North Atlantic campus will offer a comfortable and clean environment for staff and students. Furthermore, funding for a Trans-Labrador Highway hard surfacing project near Happy Valley-Goose Bay will make the roadway safer for travelers. The paving work, which has already begun, will continue this summer and is two construction seasons away from completion.
Together, these investments will support 26 projects that will ensure residents continue to benefit from safe and reliable public infrastructure services for years to come.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $25 million in these projects through various funds of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing over $25 million, while municipalities and communities are contributing more than $2 million in total.