Municipal Affairs and Environment
June 29, 2018

Over $3 Million Being Invested in Wastewater Infrastructure in Labrador City

Graham Letto, Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and MHA for Labrador West, today announced on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, that $3.3 million has been allocated to improve wastewater treatment in Labrador City. Parliamentary Secretary Letto was joined at the announcement by Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador, and Fabian Benoit, Deputy Mayor of Labrador City.

The total project funding through the Small Communities Fund will be used for upgrades to the Drake Wastewater Treatment Plant in Labrador City. The Provincial Government will contribute $1.2 million, the federal share is up to $1.1 million and the Town of Labrador City will contribute nearly $1 million.

These initiatives deliver on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Quotes
“I am pleased to see a total investment of over $3 million shared by provincial, federal and municipal governments through the Small Communities Fund for such an important project in the Town of Labrador City. Once the upgrades are completed, the Drake Wastewater Treatment Plant will represent a significant improvement in municipal infrastructure that will benefit both residents and businesses.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“This investment in the Town of Labrador City by all levels of government as part of the Small Communities Fund is a significant improvement in municipal infrastructure that will benefit the residents of the community for many years to come.”
Graham Letto
MHA for Labrador West

“We are extremely excited about this announcement. These funds will help bring our Drake Wastewater Treatment Plant up to 2020 standards. It will upgrade the primary treatment process, improve the remote monitoring process, and have a potential cost savings in capital expenditure. It just goes to show that when we all work together on the municipal, provincial and federal level we can achieve anything.”
Wayne Button
Mayor of Labrador City

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Learn more
Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

The Way Forward: thewayforward.ca

Federal infrastructure investments in Newfoundland and Labrador: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nl-eng.html

Atlantic Growth Strategy: www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html

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

Krista Hedlund
Town of Labrador City
709-944-5537
council@labradorcity.ca

Kristina George
Government Members Office
709-729-5306
kristinageorge@gov.nl.ca

2018 06 29                              1:20 p.m.