When Sault Ste. Marie is hit with heavy rain, one major intersection and road way is prone to flooding.
The McNabb Street and Great Northern Road intersection can sometimes become impassable when the storm sewers can’t handle the heavy rains. To tackle that problem, the City along with funding from both the federal and provincial governments will embark on a major infrastructure in Sault Ste. Marie.
The governments of Canada and Ontario are committed to investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems, while also laying the foundation for new economic opportunities to strengthen the middle class across the province.
Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and his Worship Christian Provenzano, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, today announced that a new stormwater project in Sault Ste. Marie has been approved under the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for this project—over $2.1 million. The provincial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for this project, over $1 million, and the City of Sault Ste. Marie will provide the balance of funding.
“Investing in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining a healthy environment and providing access to clean, reliable drinking water. The Government of Canada is working with provinces, territories and municipalities across the country to support important projects like the Stormwater Management Pond in Sault Ste. Marie, which ensure that Canadian communities are healthy and sustainable now and for years to come.” said Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie
Thanks to this investment, residents of Sault Ste. Marie will benefit from improved stormwater management which will reduce the risk of flooding and better protect the property and livelihood of local residents. Projects like these are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable.
In addition to this project, over $4.5 million in federal funding for 52 water and wastewater projects will benefit 27 other communities across Ontario.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
“Water and wastewater management is vital to community well-being. I acknowledge and appreciate the governments’ support of the City’s efforts to improve our infrastructure and to continue providing quality essential services to our community.” said, Christian Provenzano, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie
“We are committed to building and maintaining high-quality water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure to benefit the residents of Sault Ste. Marie. The Ontario government is taking action across the province by working with our federal and municipal partners to modernize and upgrade essential infrastructure, like the project announced today.” added, Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure
The total cost of the project is $5.4 million and work should begin shortly said Provenzano. The project is expected to be completed by the end of March 2018.