The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface—Saint Vital, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Reg Helwer, Minister of Labour, Consumer Protection and Government Services, announced more than $34.4 million in funding for 10 wastewater and waste management projects in Manitoba.
Among these projects, a combined federal and provincial contribution of $9.1 million will help expand and upgrade the City of Dauphin's lagoon system. Work includes constructing and upgrading a lagoon reactor system, building a new sewage treatment facility, and installing new pipes. The project will result in increased capacity to treat and manage wastewater, and to accommodate population growth.
The wastewater treatment system in Neepawa will also be expanded and upgraded to increase capacity to treat and manage wastewater and storm water. The federal and provincial investment of $4.2 million combined involves implementing a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor system, upgrading the treatment building, and adding a lab, among other works.
The joint funding announced today will also help expand the Local Government District of Pinawa's landfill to address the immediate needs of local communities, as the existing active waste disposal cell is nearing capacity. The phased expansion will remain in the current land footprint to minimize environmental impact and will add an area for electronic waste, scrap metal, paint products, used oil and tires, and composting. In creating a long-term disposal solution, the project constitutes a key investment in the Pinawa area.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $18.7 million, the Government of Manitoba is providing more than $15.6 million, and project proponent contributions total more than $12.5 million.