Executive Council
Municipal Affairs and Environment
April 9, 2019

Premier Ball Announces $129 Million for Municipal Infrastructure

The Provincial Government is committing more than $129 million for municipal infrastructure to build safe and sustainable communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was joined for the announcement today by the Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment; and Terry Dunn, President of the Board of Directors of the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. As a result of the funding, communities will cost-share projects to improve water and wastewater systems, roads, and community-oriented infrastructure.

Premier Ball announced that Budget 2019 will provide $50.5 million for provincial-municipal cost-shared projects under the 2017-2020 Municipal Infrastructure Program. Of this amount, $33.3 million is being provided to multi-year communities for their priority projects. At the event, Premier Ball announced 31 new municipal capital works projects in 29 communities. More information is provided in the backgrounder below.

In addition, Premier Ball also announced $48.3 million in Budget 2019 to be used to leverage an additional $30.7 million in federal funds from federal infrastructure programs. In September 2018, government announced a bilateral agreement through the federal Investing in Canada Plan. This is anticipated to amount to more than $1.3 billion in cost-shared projects and over 4,000 person years of employment. Project applications are going through the approval process and projects are anticipated to be announced in the near future.

Through Budget 2019, the Provincial Government is focused on strengthening the provincial workforce to ensure it is positioned to take advantage of current and future opportunities in key sectors.

These investments deliver on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation, enhance efficiency, 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
“We’ve been working hard to build communities in which Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can build bright futures. The investments announced today will help achieve that by providing quality infrastructure, creating jobs, and strengthening the economic foundation in communities across the province.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Our government is investing in projects which communities have indicated are a priority for them. We are improving access to clean water and wastewater systems, improving roads, and enhancing regional collaboration.”
Honourable Graham Letto
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“The Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador is happy to have had the opportunity to work with Municipal Affairs and Environment over the past several years in supporting improvements to process and procedure in municipal tenders. We have been especially encouraged by the department’s initiative to have tenders out earlier, putting more people to work for a longer period of time during our short construction season.”
Terry Dunn
President of the Board of Directors of the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Media contact
Erin Sulley
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
erinsulley@gov.nl.ca

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

Jim Organ
Executive Director
Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
709-384-8811
jorgan.hcanl@gmail.com

BACKGROUNDER

Municipal Capital Works Cost-shared Projects for 2019-20

Community

Project

Project Value

Arnold's Cove

Water and Sewer Upgrading - Merasheen Crescent - Phase 1

$1,120,000

Bay Bulls

St. John's Road Storm and Road Upgrading

$1,431,103

Bonavista

Removal of Old Water Tower

$765,882

Botwood

Site Development - New Town Hall & Fire Hall

$633,767

Chance Cove

Upgrades to Community Center / Fire Hall / Town Hall

$251,714

Clarke's Beach

2019 Water Sewer Program on Kavanaghs Road

$1,503,135

Comfort Cove-Newstead

Parking lot paving - Town Hall

$48,415

Fogo Island

Town Office

$1,816,683

Fogo Island

Fogo Water Study

$59,800

Gallants

Remove old dam structure from Reservoir

$33,000

George's Brook-Milton

Extension to Fire Hall

$326,048

Grand Bank

New Town Hall Feasibility Study

$57,500

Harbour Breton

New Arena Chiller and Condenser

$450,000

Harbour Main-Chapel's Cove-Lakeview

2019A - New Armor Stone Breakwater (54.0 Long) Marina Upgrading Ph1 Part B

$375,994

Howley

Community Centre - Electrical Upgrades

$40,000

Hughes Brook

Water supply study

$20,000

Lodge Bay

Community Wells

$300,000

Makkovik

Condition Assessment of Sewer System

$191,460

Makkovik

Water System Modelling and Study

$43,292

Meadows

Outdoor rink – Phase II

$108,499

Musgrave Harbour

New Fire Hall

$1,433,747

North River

Madengail Lane

$155,654

North West River

Sewer System Study

$40,001

Point Au Gaul

Town of Point au Gaul - Breakwater Phase 2

$250,000

Port Albert

Water Supply ATV Access Road

$35,000

South Brook (Hall's Bay)

Fire Hall Modifications

$90,000

Stephenville

Fire Hall & Emergency Response Building

$600,000

Triton

Renovations to Town Municipal Building

$175,000

Twillingate

Water Supply Tank Assessment

$17,250

Winterton

Construction of Fire Garage

$1,090,351

York Harbour

Backup Power Supply Town Hall

$78,028

2019 04 09                              10:45 a.m.