Canada’s Rural Economic Development Minister tours rural Manitoba

From: Infrastructure Canada

February 12, 2019 – Rural Municipality of Headingley, Manitoba – Infrastructure Canada

Canadians living in rural and northern communities have unique infrastructure needs. Access to better roads, modern Infrastructure, and faster, more reliable Internet services can make a big difference in the quality of life of rural Canadians.

This week, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Canada’s Minister of Rural Economic Development, will visit communities across rural Manitoba to understand firsthand their specific needs. She will meet with residents and local leaders to learn about projects underway and the future needs of those communities.

On February 13th, Minister Jordan will begin by making an important infrastructure announcement in the Rural Municipality of Headingley, followed by another important infrastructure announcement in the community of Selkirk.

On February 14th, Minister Jordan will attend several community events in The Pas, and a roundtable discussion with prominent community figures.

On February 15th, Minister Jordan will participate in a roundtable meeting with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities in Portage La Prairie, followed by a tour of Portage La Prairie.

“Canada’s rural communities make up an essential demographic that contribute greatly to the economic, social and cultural success of our country. My role as Minister of Rural Economic Development is to champion the specific needs of these communities by developing the Government of Canada’s Rural Economic Strategy. The strategy will ensure that rural Canadians are benefiting from the increased level of support for infrastructure projects in rural Canada under the Investing in Canada Plan. As a result, rural Canadians will live in healthier and safer communities with clean water, access to affordable housing, efficient wastewater systems and improved broadband connectivity.”

—Bernadette Jordan, Canada’s Minister of Rural Economic Development

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada plan is providing more than $180 billion over 12 years for public infrastructure across the country.

  • In partnership with Manitoba and municipal leaders, the Government of Canada is investing in public transit; green infrastructure such as water treatment systems; community, culture and recreational infrastructure; and public infrastructure in rural and northern communities.

  • The Canada-Manitoba Bilateral Agreement will provide more than $1.1 billion in predictable, long-term funding for the public infrastructure that matters most to Manitobans.

  • Under the Canada-Manitoba Bilateral Agreement, $112.8 million will be provided specifically to rural and northern communities for their unique infrastructure needs.

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