Canada and Prince Edward Island invest in 11 community infrastructure projects in Western PEI
From: Infrastructure Canada
Summerside, Prince Edward Island, June 17, 2021—The health and safety of Canadians are top priorities for the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island. Communities across Canada are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, and need immediate assistance to ensure their public infrastructure is safe and reliable.
Today, Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable James Aylward, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced funding of $3,963,200 for 11 community infrastructure projects in Western Prince Edward Island. The Honourable Ernie Hudson, Minister of Health and Wellness was also in attendance.
In Summerside, Prince County Hospital will receive funding to replace the nurse call systems and for the installation of an additional generator. Western Hospital, in Alberton, will be funded to make upgrades to the hospital’s ventilation system. This funding will help improve the healthcare facilities available in Western Prince Edward Island. Wedgewood Manor, in Summerside, and Margaret Stewart Ellis Home, in O’Leary, will receive funding for flooring replacement projects. Wedgewood Manor will receive additional funding for roof replacement projects.
The Westisle Composite High School and Ellerslie Elementary School’s wastewater systems will undergo major upgrades and repair work. Ellerslie Elementary school will also receive funding to make upgrades to their gymnasium. In Summerside, Elm Street and Greenfield Elementary School’s will receive funding to make upgrades to their public address systems.
Lennox Island First Nation will receive funding to prepare plans, specifications, and cost estimates to expand the Lennox Island Wharf.
Tignish Credit Union Arena will receive funding to install new seating and bring it up to the hosting standards for the Canada Winter Games in 2023. This funding will provide benefits to the community beyond the Canada Winter Games.
These projects will support the creation of good local jobs as well as provide residents with safe and reliable public infrastructure.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $3 million in these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience, Green, and Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure streams of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program. The Government of Prince Edward Island Ontario is providing over $671,000 towards these projects, and local organizations contributing over $55,000.
“As we work to finish the fight against COVID-19, we will ensure residents across western Prince Edward Island have access to safe and inclusive municipal infrastructure. By investing now the important projects initiated by the province and municipalities, the Government of Canada is responding to the immediate pressures and concerns of communities as a result of the pandemic. As we build back better and become more inclusive, Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger, safer, and more resilient communities.”
Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Infrastructure is one of the most important elements for a vibrant, healthy, sustainable community. Our government is proud to be playing a key role in funding projects to help Island communities to thrive. I always say that Infrastructure is about more than just bricks and mortar – it’s about the people we serve and the communities that benefit from that infrastructure.”
The Honourable James Aylward, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
“Fishing is an extremely vital industry to the community of Lennox Island and to our people who rely on this resource to provide for our Families. This infrastructure work is so needed for us to better house, monitor and maintain our fleet out of one harbour.”
Chief Darlene Bernard, Lennox Island First Nation
- 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.
- To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
- Under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is 80 per cent in the provinces, and 100 per cent in the territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.
- To support smaller-scale projects, the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is providing up to $31 million in existing federal funding to help communities adapt spaces and services to respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years.
- The Government of Canada has invested over $405 million in more than 150 infrastructure projects across Prince Edward Island under the Investing in Canada plan.
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