Municipal Affairs
July 17, 2008

Communities in The Straits-White Bay District Receive Funding for Infrastructure Improvements

Two communities in The Straits-White Bay area will receive funding totaling $879,158 to support municipal infrastructure improvements. Through the 2008-09 Municipal Capital Works (MCW) program, St. Anthony will receive $311,158 for local roads and Englee will receive $568,000 for transmission main twinning.

The Municipal Capital Works program fosters the development of cost-shared projects in a wide range of municipal infrastructure, including water and waste-water treatment, roads, recreational facilities and fire equipment.

"Investing in infrastructure is a top priority for this government," said the Honourable Dave Denine, Minister of Municipal Affairs. "Improving municipal infrastructure supports the growth and development of communities throughout the province."

Minister Denine recently announced that through the 2008-09 MCW program, $61.2 million will be spent on infrastructure improvement projects province-wide. Under the program, the Provincial Government will contribute $32.4 million; the Federal Government will contribute $12 million and the municipalities will contribute $14.1 million. Towns will also utilize the Federal GST rebate as part of the capital cost.

The MCW program has been significantly improved by recently announced revised cost-share ratios for municipalities. These new changes state that towns with populations under 3,000 now have to contribute only 10 per cent toward the cost of capital infrastructure. Towns with populations between 3,000 and 7,000 contribute 20 per cent and the largest cities and towns with populations over 7,000 contribute 30 per cent.

"This announcement is good news for the residents of St. Anthony and Englee." said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, MHA for the district of The Straits-White Bay North. "Communities need to have reliable municipal infrastructure in order to create a solid foundation to grow our economy. These improvements will also help stimulate the economy through job creation which is especially important in rural Newfoundland and Labrador."

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Media contact:
Jennifer Collingwood
Director of Communications
Department of Municipal Affairs
709-729-1983, 690-2498

2008 07 17                                                        10:10 a.m.

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