Municipal Affairs and Environment
November 10, 2017

Provincial and Federal Governments Announce $3.3 Million to Develop Communities in Humber-Bay of Islands and Corner Brook

The Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, and Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today announced approximately $3.3 million for municipal improvements through federal and provincial infrastructure funding programs in the Humber-Bay of Islands and Corner Brook regions.

The Town of Mount Moriah will receive approximately $1.7 million for the extension of Corner Brook’s water system to provide clean drinking water to Mount Moriah. The investment in this important project is being made through the Provincial Water and Wastewater Initiative Fund, which is allocated from contributions from the federal Gas Tax Fund.

Funding for a wide variety of community-oriented projects was announced under the federal Small Communities Fund, including:

  • The City of Corner Brook will receive $453,000 from each of the provincial and federal government for street resurfacing;
  • The Town of Meadows will receive $180,000 from each of the provincial and federal governments for multi-purpose court/rink upgrades and roof installation;
  • The Town of Mount Moriah will receive $66,000 from each of the provincial and federal government for street resurfacing for road upgrading on Sweetapple Drive; and

Minister Joyce also announced allocations under the new provincial Municipal Capital Works program:

  • In Humber Arm South, $85,000 in provincial funding and $56,000 in municipal funding for infrastructure upgrades;
  • In Hughes Brook, $27,000 in provincial funding and $18,000 in municipal funding will be used for upgrades to the town hall; and
  • In Meadows, $19,000 in provincial funding and $13,000 in municipal funding will be used for a municipal depot project.

The announcements made today support commitments made in The Way Forward to leverage federal funding to maximize benefits for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. By making significant investments in municipal infrastructure, the Provincial Government is building on the work of the Cabinet Committee on Jobs.

Quotes
“We have worked diligently with all levels of government to invest collaboratively in projects that contribute to growing communities. Through the Way Forward, we are focusing on enhancing service delivery in order to secure a prosperous future for residents.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“Through federal funding, the Government of Canada is helping communities in Newfoundland and Labrador to make informed decisions about their infrastructure investments. We are proud to support projects like the ones announced today that will help create good, well-paying jobs, while improving the quality of life of residents for generations to come.”
Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains,
On behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The funding announced today will help my district of Corner Brook, as well as many communities throughout the Bay of Islands, meet infrastructure demands. These are significant projects that will allow these municipalities to better serve residents for many years to come.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources and MHA for Corner Brook

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Learn More
Federal Gas Tax Fund: www.mae.gov.nl.ca/for/gta.html

Capital Works Funding: www.mae.gov.nl.ca/capital_works/cwfunding.html

Provincial 2017-2018 Municipal Capital Works and Cost-Shared Funding Programs: www.mae.gov.nl.ca/capital_works/proposed.html

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Media contacts
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca

Susie Bugden
Constituency Assistant to the
Honourable Gerry Byrne, MHA for Corner Brook
709-637-4056
SusieBugden@gov.nl.ca

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-219-0149
brook.simpson@canada.ca

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
infc.media.infc@canada.ca

2017 11 10                              2:35 p.m.