Yesterday, in Squamish, the provincial and federal governments announced $1,657,020 in funding from the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to replace the Pinecrest Estates Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The grant represents 83% of the total eligible project costs.
SLRD Vice-Chair and Area D Director Tony Rainbow said of the announcement, "Safe and effective wastewater treatment infrastructure is a cornerstone of a healthy community, and a key priority of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. The SLRD sincerely appreciates the support of our provincial and federal partners, which will enable us to deliver this much-needed service to the residents of Pinecrest Estates in a way that is affordable and environmentally responsible. We are tremendously excited to be moving forward with this project, which will help to ensure an excellent quality of life for present and future residents of Pinecrest Estates.”
The photo features Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Mayor of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Jordan Sturdy, MLA of West Vancouver - Sea to Sky, Patricia Heintzman, Mayor of the District of Sqamish, Tony Rainbow, Director of Electoral Area D of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, MP of West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, and Karl Buhr, Mayor of the Village of Lion's Bay.
The province's news release is below.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 2:20 PM
Local governments in the Squamish area are receiving federal-provincial investments in critical clean water and wastewater infrastructure, announced West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy on behalf of Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender.
The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is providing approximately $310 million to 144 projects throughout the province.
Clean Water and Wastewater Fund recipients for the Squamish area include:
- Lions Bay, water storage facilities
- $1,355,500 federal contribution
- $894,630 provincial contribution
- Squamish-Lillooet, Pinecrest Estates Wastewater Treatment Plant replacement
- $998,205 federal contribution
- $658,815 provincial contribution
- Whistler, Emerald water system disinfection upgrade
- $1,256,512 federal contribution
- $829,298 provincial contribution
- Squamish, water system improvements
- $688,100 federal contribution
- $454,146 provincial contribution
The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund enables crucial investments in local government infrastructure, specifically supporting long-term benefits in rehabilitating drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems, as well as planning and designing future facilities and upgrades to existing wastewater systems.
This funding will help communities ensure that residents enjoy safe and reliable access to drinking water and improved environmental protections, and will assist local governments in meeting provincial and federal regulations. Clean water and wastewater management is a core service that communities depend on to grow and help ensure sustainability principles are met, while improving community vibrancy, resiliency and attractiveness.
The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund is one of the key ways the B.C. government is taking action to strengthen, grow and diversify rural communities. These projects build on the immediate investments and long-term action plan outlined in B.C.’s Rural Economic Development Strategy that are expected to create over 26,000 jobs and add $2.8 billion to provincial GDP.
Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –
“Safe and reliable drinking water and wastewater systems are essential infrastructure for all communities in our province. The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund enables local governments to make the critical investments in essential services their citizens rely upon. This program is another successful example of our government working together with our federal and municipal partners to best serve British Columbians.”
West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy –
“The joint $7.1 million that the provincial and federal governments are investing in the four projects in the Sea to Sky are aimed at improving our carbon footprint, creating more efficient and effective systems, and replacing aging infrastructure. These improvements will ensure that residents from throughout the region will benefit from improved water and wastewater services.”
- In 2016, Premier Christy Clark announced $148.5 million for the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. Combined with the federal commitment of $225.1 million, this provides a total of $373.6 million in senior-government funding to support rehabilitation of critical infrastructure.
- Approved projects are cost shared 50% by the Government of Canada, 33% by the Province of British Columbia, and the remaining 17% from the local government.
- In September 2016, 35 projects received approval under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, representing $60 million in combined funding from the provincial and federal governments.
Province of B.C.’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund overview:
Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund overview:
Communications & Grants Coordinator
Telephone: (604) 894-6371 ext. 239