OAKBANK, MAN-The federal and Manitoba governments have signed an agreement in principle to improve and renew public infrastructure in small and rural communities across Manitoba. The five-year agreement will provide $41 million each from the federal and provincial governments, as well as $41 million from the project applicants. The two governments have agreed that at least 40% of the funding available under the Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure Program will go to "green" projects that improve the quality of the environment and contribute to cleaner air, soil and water. Green project categories include: water, wastewater, solid waste, public transit, and environmental energy improvements. The Canada-Manitoba Infrastructure Program, funded under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF), will be jointly administered by the Canada-Manitoba infrastructure secretariat. Since its creation in 2000, the Secretariat has proven to be a model that other provinces and territories emulate to provide efficient, streamlined single-window federal-provincial program delivery.