Municipal Affairs and Environment
April 11, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment:

Provincial Government Investing in Municipal Infrastructure

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight our government’s investments in municipal infrastructure. By collaborating with the federal and municipal governments, we have invested more than $259 million in provincial funding for over 630 municipal infrastructure projects in the past three years. We are providing quality infrastructure, creating jobs, and enhancing services for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

The Provincial Government prioritizes projects that communities tell us are important to them. Earlier this week, the Premier announced Budget 2019 will commit $129 million for municipal infrastructure projects. This includes new cost-shared projects to provide 29 communities with better quality water and wastewater systems, improved roads and community buildings, and regionalized services.

In line with The Way Forward, we are using some of that investment to leverage as much federal funding as possible. In September, we signed an agreement for $555 million in federal funding under the Investing in Canada Plan. We anticipate releasing this year’s project list after the Federal Government completes its review.

In closing, I would like to acknowledge the supportive relationship we have with municipalities and our private sector partners. We look forward to continuing to work together to build safe and sustainable communities.

Thank you.

2019 04 11                              1:55 p.m.