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Rickford Announces Over $15.5M in Green Stream Projects for the Kenora–Rainy River Riding

KENORA-RAINY RIVER — Investments in key infrastructure projects build strong and healthy communities across Canada. From roads and community centres – to public transit and water and wastewater systems – reliable infrastructure provides communities with opportunities to grow and develop today so that they can be resilient in the face of tomorrow.

That is why both levels of government have been taking decisive action to support families and businesses, while boosting economic growth, improving quality of life, creating jobs, and building strong, healthy communities across the province.

Today, Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River announced over $15.5 million in joint funding, of which the provincial government is contributing over $5.2 million, for eight projects across the Kenora-Rainy River riding to improve drinking water infrastructure.

“The majority of these projects are in support of rehabilitating aging water mains and water infrastructure in these communities,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “These projects will support safe and clean drinking water for members of these communities in Kenora-Rainy River.”

These investments are being made through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, a cost-shared, application-based infrastructure funding opportunity.

“Today’s green infrastructure investments will bring long-lasting benefits to thousands of residents across Ontario. These 144 projects will provide increased access to clean water, improve the reliability of our water systems, and protect health and safety” said the Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure. “This investment is just one of the many ways our government is building a cleaner, more sustainable Ontario for today, and for generations to come.” 

A range of projects are included in this funding focused on replacing watermains and hydrants. There are also many waterlines that have been compromised or nearing the end of their utility and will be replaced with new pipes. Along with below ground enhancements in watermains, hydrants and valves, above ground roads and sidewalks will be repaired or replaced. In some instances, improvements will be made to the water treatment facilities. The eight communities across Kenora – Rainy River include: Kenora, Rainy River, Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Emo, Fort Frances, Chapple, Machin and the Ojibways of the Onigaming.

These projects are a part of a joint investment towards 144 water infrastructure projects across Ontario that will provide residents with safer and more reliable drinking water and drinking water infrastructure. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $140.5 million in these projects, Infrastructure Canada is investing more than $190.2 million, while recipients are contributing more than $108.5 million.

Quick facts

  • Under the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government 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.
  • Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.
  • Over the next 10 years, Ontario has planned infrastructure investments of over $148 billion to support the construction, rehabilitation and modernization of new schools, hospitals, public transit, roads, bridges, and access to quality, reliable high-speed internet.
  • These investments are part of the Ontario government’s plan to build Ontario by getting shovels in the ground on critical infrastructure projects that will stimulate job creation and boost economic growth, while protecting health and safety to build strong, resilient communities.
  • Infrastructure Canada helps address complex challenges that Canadians face every day—ranging from the rapid growth of our cities, to climate change, and environmental threats to our water and land.