Winkler, Manitoba, June 25, 2021—The safety and well-being of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Manitoba. Investments in modern, reliable wastewater infrastructure will build healthy communities, support sustainability and growth, and improve quality of life in Manitoba. Investments during this extraordinary time will help stimulate local economies while making our communities cleaner and more resilient.
Today, representatives from the governments of Canada and Manitoba announced funding for Phase 1 upgrades to the regional wastewater treatment system in the City of Winkler and the Rural Municipality of Stanley. The announcement was attended by Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Reg Helwer, Minister of Central Services; the Honourable Cameron Friesen, Minister of Justice and MLA for Morden-Winkler; and Martin Harder, Mayor of Winkler.
This project, the first of two phases, consists of building a new mechanical wastewater treatment facility in Winkler, retrofitting the first of two existing lagoon cells, and adding two lift stations in Stanley. Approximately 45 kilometres of linear piping will be added to connect two additional communities—Schanzenfeld and Reinfeld—to the region’s wastewater treatment system. Once completed, the full system will meet both federal and provincial environmental requirements, and provide increased regional capacity for wastewater treatment.
Driven by strong industrial, commercial and agricultural economies, the Winkler-Stanley-Morden region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Manitoba. Investing in the expansion of wastewater infrastructure in this region will enable continued economic growth in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $25.2 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Manitoba is providing over $21 million, and the municipalities of Winkler and Stanley are contributing $27.2 million combined.