You know it’s a big deal when you have both the MP and MPP making a joint funding announcement.
Residents of Sault Ste. Marie will benefit from the Fort Creek Aqueduct Replacement thanks to joint funding from the Governments of Canada and Ontario through the Small Communities Fund.
This project includes the full demolition, reconstruction and reinforcement of aqueducts and channels to contain and control flood waters in high flow events. Construction will also include waterproofing the structure for longevity and full restoration of above ground surface works, thus greatly reducing the risk of flooding and helping to protect the health and well-being of local residents.
“Our government’s investment in the Fort Creek Aqueduct project will benefit local residents by reducing the risk of flooding in and around our community and help to keep people and property safe for years to come,” said Orazietti. “Today’s announcement builds on the numerous infrastructure projects we have supported in Sault Ste. Marie that have created jobs and strengthened our city.”
The $1-billion Small Communities Fund provides funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs. Canada and Ontario will each provide $272 million to support projects in communities across the province with fewer than 100,000 residents. This funding will help address local priorities, supporting job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across Ontario for years to come.
The Government of Canada will be matching Ontario’s $10.4 million contribution, bringing the total investment in the project to over $20 million.
Improving infrastructure in Ontario’s communities is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
The Province of Ontario will contribute up to $10,420,000 to this project.
The Government of Canada will provide up to $10,420,000 through the Small Communities Fund for this project.
The City of Sault Ste. Marie will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.
The estimated total cost of the project is $31.2 million.