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The Town of Unity will benefit from a new water system upgrade, thanks to a joint investment from the federal and provincial governments under the Canada-Saskatchewan Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund.
The federal-provincial contribution of $480,000 was announced today by the Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, and the Honourable Bill Boyd, Saskatchewan Minister of Energy, Minister of Intergovernmental Relations and MLA for Unity.
This joint investment of over $480,000 will provide Unity residents with access to cleaner and safer water,” said Minister Ritz. “
The Government of Canada is proud to work in partnership with the Province of Saskatchewan to make infrastructure investments that will leave real and lasting benefits for the residents of Unity.”
Saskatchewan and its communities are leading the country in growth and growth places demands on our infrastructure," Minister Boyd said. "
The Government of Saskatchewan is investing in Unity so they can better take advantage of the economic opportunities being created in our province and continue to offer the high quality of life their residents have come to expect."
The excavation and replacement of the current waterline system in the Town of Unity will increase the quality of water by eliminating corroded pipes, reducing time spent repairing broken waterlines and ensuring residents are not disturbed when waterline repairs are required. The upgrades will have immediate benefits for Unity and promote future expansion.
On behalf of the residents of Unity I would like to extend our thanks and sincere appreciation to both the province and the federal government for their assistance under the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) for improvements to our Town's infrastructure and water system,” said Unity Mayor Kathryn Johnson.
Under the initial Canada-Sakatchewan MRIF Agreement, the federal and provincial governments committed a combined $76 million to the fund, with participating communities contributing one-half of all costs, raising the total infrastructure investment to more than $152 million.
Last year, the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan contributed an additional $14.9 million to MRIF as part of their commitment to help smaller communities meet their infrastructure needs. This additional funding brings the total federal and provincial investment in MRIF projects to more than $90.9 million. These projects are an example of how MRIF is supporting a stronger, safer and better Canada through infrastructure projects that provide cleaner air and water, a stronger economy and a higher quality of life.
Before receiving final approval, community projects undergo a review process under both the Canadian Environment Assessment Act and The Environmental Assessment Act (Saskatchewan).
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