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 $11.1 million in federal-provincial funding for 24 new infrastructure projects in Saskatchewan.
In Melfort, the active landfill will adopt a progressive closure plan. The existing waste disposal cells will be decommissioned, and other measures will be taken to properly close the landfill and minimize any environmental impact. Eventually, the site will be returned to native vegetated land, which acts as a carbon sink.
The Town of Indian Head will close and decommission two active waste disposal cells at its landfill, while reclaiming over half of the site. The recovered area will be converted into a transfer station for residents to continue properly disposing of waste. The site will also be revegetated to help mitigate environmental impacts in the community.
Twelve communities, including Battleford, Kamsack, and Candle Lake, will receive an investment of over $3.8 million from the Government of Canada and more than $3.1 million from the Government of Saskatchewan. These investments will support landfill decommissioning projects across the province.
Additionally, the Government of Canada will invest more than $1.5 million towards local bridge projects in 11 communities including the rural municipalities of Garden River, Glen Bain, Harris, and Lakeside. The Government of Saskatchewan will invest over $2.3 million. These projects will replace timber and concrete-over-timber bridges in communities with new structures or culvert installations.