Strategic investments in safe and modern water and recreation infrastructure will play a key role in ensuring Labrador residents have access to reliable services to support healthy communities and build back better from the pandemic.

The federal and provincial governments are providing more than $1.5 million in joint funding for four projects to safeguard public health and the environment, and to improve recreation infrastructure in Labrador communities.

“Creating happy and healthy communities continues to be a priority for this government. We are working alongside the Federal Government and the communities to ensure that the residents of Labrador have adequate access to water, wastewater and recreation infrastructure,” said Elvis Loveless, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

In Cartwright, upgrades to the regional sewer system will provide residences with access to wastewater services, while the installation of 612 meters of new sewer mains will increase the town’s wastewater efficiency.

Similarly, in the Inuit community of Hopedale, structural and mechanical upgrades to the lift station and retention tank, along with the replacement of 40 meters of service line, will modernize the community’s sewage treatment facility, and increase its capacity to manage wastewater. A second project will replace and rehabilitate 800 meters of transmission main, protective jacketing, and structural supports for the above ground water main, ensuring the watermain does not freeze in winter, and providing greater access to potable water to the Community.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $619,000, with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador providing over $758,000 toward these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), and Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The municipality and communities are contributing more than $365,000 toward their respective projects.

Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

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