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Posted: March 13, 2017

Two-thirds funding for Sparwood project

The provincial government has announced joint funding of over $87 million for 26 new infrastructure projects in 26 communities throughout the province, including Sparwood’s Middletown Crossing – Highway 3/43 Intersection improvements.

It was announced the $7,676,200 project will be two-thirds funded by the provincial and federal governments. The federal contribution: $2,558,733; provincial contribution: $2,558,733; District of Sparwood contribution: $2,558,734

The governments of Canada and British Columbia are making investments to create jobs and grow the middle class now while building a foundation for a strong, sustainable economic future. Infrastructure investments are vital to creating opportunities, and building inclusive communities where families can work, learn and play.

These investments cover a wide range of community infrastructure projects including green energy systems, solid waste management, drinking water, wastewater management, highways, roads, bridges, disaster mitigation, regional airport improvements and broadband access.

“Infrastructure investments are key to creating well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians, and boosting economic development. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in these 26 infrastructure projects, as they will have a positive and lasting impact in communities across British Columbia,” stated Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

Todd Stone, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure added: “When public infrastructure in many of our smaller communities is in need of repair or upgrade, the high costs associated are often difficult for a community alone to bear. However, when senior levels of government act together, we can facilitate these important infrastructure improvements and build stronger communities throughout B.C.”

“By aligning municipal, federal and provincial dollars, the Small Communities Fund eases the challenge of meeting the infrastructure demands that small communities face – ultimately benefiting British Columbians throughout the province. Projects supported by this fund – whether in public transit, drinking water, green energy or wastewater management – will leave lasting impacts in their communities,” said Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

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