Project gets approved under Canada’s Small Communities Fund
Residents of Cumberland will benefit from new wastewater infrastructure thanks to joint funding from the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Small Communities Fund.
Through the project, approximately 1.6 kilometres of new storm water pipe and approximately 600 metres of sanitary sewer pipes will be installed in the Dunsmuir area of the Village of Cumberland. These upgrades will reduce the quantity of storm water entering the sanitary sewer system and, ultimately, the wastewater treatment system, reducing treatment system operating costs. The upgrades will also help the Village meet current standards for sewer discharge.
The project announced today is among 55 recently approved in British Columbia that will collectively receive more than $128 million in joint federal-provincial funding under the Small Communities Fund. These projects represent important investments in municipal infrastructure that maintain safe, healthy communities. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development.
Through the Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and British Columbia are working in partnership to provide funding for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs in communities across the province that have fewer than 100,000 residents. These investments support job creation and economic growth, thus sustaining a high quality of life in small communities across British Columbia for years to come.
– The Government of Canada will provide up to $922,521 through the Small Communities Fund for the project.
– The Province of British Columbia will contribute up to $922,521 to this project.
– The Village of Cumberland will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.
– The total estimated cost for this project is $2,767,564.
– The 55 projects approved for funding in British Columbia under the Small Communities Fund so far include 24 drinking water projects, 22 wastewater projects, four major roads projects, two disaster mitigation projects, two brownfield remediation projects and one solid waste management project.
“We are proud to invest in projects like these sewer improvements in Cumberland that will benefit our community by improving much needed local infrastructure. Our Government’s commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. Through the New Building Canada Plan’s Small Communities Fund, we are investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life of British Columbia’s residents while helping create jobs and economic growth.” The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State, Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
“This additional piping for Cumberland’s storm water and sewer system will ultimately reduce the costs of operating the system by eliminating storm water from entering the wastewater treatment process. We recognize the value of our partnership and the importance of the federal and provincial governmentsworking with local governments to make this type of project possible.” Don McRae MLA, Comox Valley
“The reconstruction of Cumberland’s sewer and storm water collection system in our historic village commercial core will help reduce our costs to treat wastewater and will improve the environmental impact on the receiving waters of Maple Creek, Trent River and Baynes Sound. Cumberland residents will be excited to know that this $2.7 million project will pave the way for future enhancement projects in our historic village commercial core and will stimulate our local economy by supporting downtown revitalization as well as residential growth.” Leslie Baird Mayor, Village of Cumberland
To learn more about the Small Communities Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html.
For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.
To learn more about the Government of Canada’s focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada’s Economic Action Plan at http://www.budget.gc.ca/2015/home-accueil-eng.html.
Learn more about the Small Communities Fund at work in British Columbia www.gov.bc.ca/smallcommunitiesfund