Executive Council
February 13, 2017

Supporting Municipal Infrastructure

Premier Announces Funding for Expansion of Wastewater Treatment Facility in Grand Falls-Windsor

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced funding for the expansion of the wastewater treatment facility in Grand Falls-Windsor which is also being supported by the Federal Government. Premier Ball was joined at the announcement by Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays – Central - Notre Dame, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Modern wastewater infrastructure is integral to the health and wellbeing of our communities. Improvements to the Grand Falls–Windsor Wastewater Treatment Facility will mean cleaner water flows into one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most cherished bodies of water, the Exploits River, which is enjoyed by tourists, recreational fishers and local residents.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $3.58 million for the project. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $3.25 million to this project, representing one-third of the estimated $9,752,122 total project cost. The Town of Grand Falls–Windsor will provide $2.93 million for the remainder of the cost.

This investment will allow for the addition of a secondary level of wastewater treatment at the facility. These improvements will ensure the municipality can meet current federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations, reducing the amount of waste being released into regional waterways. The upgrades will also provide the necessary capacity to address residential and commercial growth across the region.


“This cost-shared funding will provide the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor with the ability to move forward with the next phase of their water treatment facility. The Provincial Government is responding to infrastructure needs throughout the province, and this expansion will have wide ranging benefits for residents by improving the treatment of wastewater.”
- The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“The Government of Canada recognizes that wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining clean waterways and building sustainable communities. We are committed to collaborating with our regional partners to ensure communities have the strong infrastructure foundation they need to develop their economies and grow the middle class. It’s thanks to projects like the improvements to the Grand Falls–Windsor wastewater treatment facility that we will build the Canada of the 21st century and ensure a high quality of life for generations to come.”
- Scott Simms, Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays - Central- Notre Dame, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor is pleased that the funding is now available for the completion of our Wastewater Treatment Facility and thanks the federal and provincial governments for their cost-shared funding. This is a crucial investment into core infrastructure in our municipality and will ensure we are compliant with the current federal Government Wastewater Effluent Regulations.”
- Mayor Barry Manuel – Grand Falls-Windsor

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Media contacts:

Michelle Cannizzaro
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Brook.Simpson@canada.ca External Link
Jeff Saunders
Town Manager
Town of Grand Falls-Windsor

2017 02 13                              11:15 p.m.