Municipal Affairs and Environment
August 15, 2019 

Minister Dempster Announces Wastewater Treatment Plant for Wabush

Today, the Honourable Lisa Dempster, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment, announced $14 million in combined funding for a new wastewater treatment plant for the Town of Wabush. Minister Dempster was joined for the announcement by Yvonne Jones, MP for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development; and Ron Barron, Mayor of Wabush.

This project involves the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant that will treat around 350 cubic meters of sewage per day. This will improve the sewage collection system, while ensuring wastewater is effectively treated to meet both federal and provincial standards. 

The Provincial Government is contributing $6.3 million to the project through the federal Investing in Canada Plan. The Federal Government is contributing up to $5 million, and the Town of Wabush is contributing more than $1.2 million.

The Investing in Canada Plan is a bilateral agreement between the Federal and Provincial Governments that will provide more than $555 million in federal funding over ten years for community infrastructure projects in Newfoundland and Labrador. The signing of the agreement was announced on September 10, 2018. Projects under the plan are anticipated to have a total value of more than $1.3 billion and over 4,000 person years of employment in the province.

These investments 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

“Our government is collaborating with federal and municipal partners to build safe and sustainable communities. We are pleased to contribute $6.3 million towards this project so that residents of Wabush will have access to better wastewater services and increased environmental protection.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment 

“Making sure that communities across Canada have modern water treatment infrastructure is essential to building a healthy, sustainable future. This project will benefit Wabush residents by ensuring their wastewater is treated to both Federal and Provincial standards, keeping them and their families safe.”
Yvonne Jones
MP for Labrador 

“Today is a good day. The announcement today shows the commitment of all levels of government on taking our wastewater treatment seriously. This has been a vision for the Town of Wabush for some time now. This work has spanned three sitting councils, including the present one, and I would like to thank both levels of government, Federal and Provincial and the present and former councils and our staff for making this a reality today. I believe Wabush has taken the lead with our town becoming compliant in how we are looking out for the future of our environment.”
Ron Barron
Mayor of Wabush 

Learn more
Premier Ball Announces $555.9 Million Agreement for Community Infrastructure 

Investing in Canada Plan

The Way Forward

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Media contacts
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466 

Media Relations
Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251, 1-877-250-7154  

Charlie Perry
Town Manager
Town of Wabush

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