Today, the Honourable Lawrence A. MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, and the Honourable Steven Myers, PEI Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, announced funding for 16 infrastructure projects in Eastern Prince Edward Island, including the construction and renovation of cultural, recreational, water and wastewater projects.
In Morell, improvements to the community wastewater treatment system will be made to provide better wastewater treatment services to the growing community. Investments will also support upgrades and renovations to the Morell Community Rink, including new dressing rooms, new accessible and barrier free public washrooms, an improved front entrance for wheelchair accessibility, and a skate sharpening area.
Once complete, these projects will provide residents and visitors with improved wastewater treatment, and recreational facilities; supporting healthy, active lifestyles, and a clean environment to work, play, and raise families.
Other projects include improvements to community and recreation facilities, upgrades to pedestrian walkways, improving playgrounds and trails, and upgrading municipal water and wastewater infrastructure.
The Government of Canada is investing over $5.3 million in total towards these 16 projects through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Prince Edward Island is contributing over $6.2 million in total.
“Modern, clean water systems, access to diverse recreational and community activities, and improved streets and roads are all essential to maintaining healthy communities across Prince Edward Island. Today’s investments demonstrate our government’s commitment to supporting modern and efficient infrastructure solutions in Island communities, so that Islanders can enjoy healthy, active lifestyles while living and working in a safe, clean environment with their families.”
The Honourable Lawrence A. MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Member of Parliament for Cardigan
“Ensuring that communities across Canada have modern infrastructure is essential to building a healthy, sustainable future. These investments are critical to building strong communities in Prince Edward Island that can reach their full potential.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development
“The people of Prince Edward Island thrive when we work together to invest in spaces to gather and have fun – like the Cardigan ball fields and the Morell rink. Crucial funding for water systems in Souris and Georgetown is a fundamental step to long-term community growth in eastern PEI.”
The Honourable Steven Myers, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, Government of Prince Edward Island
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
$26.9 billion of this funding is supporting green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
$25.3 billion of this funding is supporting social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
More than $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank. The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.
These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
o Skilled workforce/Immigration;
o Clean growth and climate change;
o Trade and investment;