May 15, 2006

Canada-Nova Scotia MRIF helps upgrade water, wastewater facilities

PORT HAWKESBURY, NS-Phase two of the regional Port Hawkesbury sewage treatment system and the Port Hastings water distribution project will receive more than $4.7 million from a new Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF). The project includes completion of the wastewater collection system for Port Hastings and the town of Port Hawkesbury, completion of the regional sewage treatment plant, and water transmission, distribution and storage for Port Hastings. The federal and Nova Scotia governments are providing $3.18 million, with the municipality of the County of Inverness and the town of Port Hawkesbury funding the balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement. This is the first in a series of federal-provincial infrastructure funding agreements expected under the new $111-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia MRIF program, which supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, solid waste, and environmental energy improvement projects. The MRIF is being administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the program management committee.

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