Melville, Saskatchewan, April 27, 2022 — Investments in local infrastructure projects help build inclusive, resilient communities. They create good jobs and business opportunities, address some of the gaps highlighted by the pandemic, and support local climate-related initiatives.
Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Don McMorris, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Government Relations announced more than $35.9 million in federal-provincial funding for 24 new infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan.
The wastewater treatment system in Melville will be expanded thanks to an investment of over $4.3 million from the Government of Canada and more than $3.6 million from the Government of Saskatchewan through the Green Infrastructure Stream. Once complete, this project will result in increased capacity to treat and manage wastewater.
In Moosomin, the water treatment plant will benefit from over $5.4 million in federal funding and more than $4.5 million in provincial funding, resulting in increased access to potable water for the community.
The Rouleau Flats flood protection project in Avonlea will greatly reduce landscape flooding and the associated soil erosion, and will help prevent crop loss due to flooding. This project will help rehabilitate ditches and increase culvert capacity, which are important measures in adapting to climate change. The project is eligible for over $2.3 million in federal funding and more than $1.9 million in provincial finding. Funding is conditional on fulfilling all requirements related to consultation with Indigenous groups.
Additionally, the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan will each invest over $2.3 million in funding to help improve the airport at Sandy Bay. This airport is primarily used to transport workers to mine sites and for general charter and Medevac services. The project will extend the life of the aerodrome by 20-30 years.
The Government of Canada is investing over $18.9 million towards these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream, the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream, and the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, as well as the Canada Community Building Fund. The Government of Saskatchewan is investing over $16.9 million. Funding recipients are contributing over $12.6 million to these projects.