The Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan are providing more than $896-million in funding towards urban municipalities over the next ten years.
Gordon Barnhart, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association President, says most of the infrastructure is in need of upgrades.
“Much of this infrastructure was built 50 to 60 years ago, and it’s in great need of either upgrade or replacement,” Barnhart said. “This infrastructure funding is going to be very valuable to us as communities across this province.”
Government Relations Minister and Melville-Saltcoats M-L-A Warren Kaeding says this project will fund, or partially fund various types of infrastructure projects.
“Clean water, waste water projects that maybe didn’t get accepted in the last stream certainly have an opportunity to resubmit now under this new stream.” Kaeding noted.
Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Francois-Philippe Champagne says the funding will go toward 46 projects across the province.
“Our mission is to improve the lives of people, and I think these investments will allow us to provide for the good people of Saskatchewan 21st century infrastructure that would be modern, resilient and green. That’s what people expect.”
$308 million will be put towards public transit projects, $416 million in green infrastructure projects, $56 million in community, cultural and recreational infrastructure projects and $116 million to rural and northern community projects.
The provincial government also ensured the projects will be done following regulations created in Saskatchewan’s ‘Prairie resilience’ plan, rather than the federal carbon tax plan.
(With files from CKRM)